BOOKS: WHITEWASH? AL SHARPTON WANTS US TO SEE HIM AS THE NEW DR. KING

AL SHARPTON WANTS US TO SEE HIM AS THE NEW DR. KING

IT TAKES ONLY A GLANCE AT THE REV. Al Sharpton to know that he is a man of considerable heft. What the rotund rabble rouser from New York City would like you to conclude from his autobiography, Go and Tell Pharaoh (Doubleday; 270 pages; $23.95), is that he is also a fellow of considerable substance. If only his critics could "look at me as a man and a person," he proclaims, they would realize that his racial grandstanding, inflammatory rhetoric and alleged corruption have been part of "an effort to live the gospel." By his own estimation, Sharpton has emerged as...

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