Deadline: A Memoir

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Deadline: A Memoir

By James Reston
Random House, 1991
525 pp. $25.00
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Here is a collection of essays, portraits and reflections rather than sustained autobiography by a Washington journalist second only to Walter Lippmann in prolonged influence in this century. The book is wonderful reading, perceptive about the successes and failures of American government, indignant about those who violated the best ideals of the nation, candid and often very funny. For example, of Clark Clifford: "I never had the impression that he allowed his easy access to the White House to interfere with the success of his legal practice."