An Affair To Remember


by Thomas Geoghegan

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

287 pages; $19.95

Brooding over a romance gone awry, Thomas Geoghegan wanted to get away from it all. Joining the French Foreign Legion was out, but a roommate talked him into volunteering as an observer at a dissident Mine Workers election. That was in 1972, and the beginning of Geoghegan's love affair with a "dumb, stupid, mastodon of a thing," a creature that shambles around "with half its brain gone." The object of his passion: organized labor.

Raised in the suburbs and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Geoghegan,...

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