REICH'S KISS-AND-SHRUG

It turns out that Robert B. Reich, the former Secretary of Labor and soulmate of Bill Clinton, kept a diary. That's unusual in the subpoena-happy capital, and so is the tone of his kiss-and-shrug memoir--a bittersweet but ultimately forgiving account of his four years in Washington. In Locked in the Cabinet, to be published this month by Knopf, Reich describes his constant appeals to Clinton's conscience against the stronger pull of such personalities as then Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and presidential adviser Dick Morris.

When Reich is worried that his memos are not getting through to the President, it is the...

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