JUSTICE: THE MEMOIRS OF AN ATTORNEY GENERAL. By Richard G. Kleindienst. Ottawa, II. Jameson Books, 1985. Pp. 247. $16.95. Reviewed by Jay F. Alexander*
Richard G. Kleindienst, sixty-eighth attorney general of the United States, avows two purposes in writing JUSTICE: to “chronicle my experiences as a politician and as an officer of the U.S. Department of Justice,” and, because of the controversy surrounding his service, “to leave for my children and grandchildren a record of these controversies from my point of view.”1 In fulfilling these purposes, Mr. Kleindienst has melded autobiography with political expose.
Prior to the release of JUSTICE, Kleindienst remarked to an interviewer that “I can’t imagine anyone would be interested in my autobiography.”2 The statement is one of either modesty or naivete. The author was attorney general from June 12, 1972 through April 30, 1973, a turbulent period in the Justice Department during which the ramifications of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters seemed to escalate daily. This alone assures Kleindienst’s book a significant readership.
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IN THE INTEREST OF CHILDREN: ADVOCACY, LAW REFORM AND PUBLIC POLICY. By R.H. Mnookin, New York. W.H. Freeman and Co., 1985. Pp. 527. $28.00. Reviewed by Berniece M. Owen
Robert H. Mnookin was recognized in 1983 by the American Psychological Association for his contributions to child advocacy. In this book he furthers his credits by presenting a thought-provoking study of some of the landmark litigation concerning children’s issues. Mnookin is a professor of law at the Stanford Law School, was formerly on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and has written numerous books and articles on this topic.
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