Under Fire: An American Story

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Under Fire: An American Story

By Oliver L. North, with William Novak
HarperCollins, 1991
446 pp. $25.00

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.

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