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Under Fire: An American Story
Under Fire: An American Story
By Oliver L. North, with William Novak
HarperCollins, 1991, 446 pp

This memoir conveys the characteristics of the author's public testimony during the Iran-contra affairs: patriotic, unreflective, insensitive to ambiguity, cloyingly self-righteous, contemptuous of Congress, a body that he believes has no constitutional "right to limit the president's authority to carry out foreign policy." North, while steadfast in his admiration for Ronald Reagan, criticizes the former president for poor judgment and lack of understanding. There is no significant new information.