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100% AMERICAN by Daniel Evan Weiss (Poseidon/Simon & Schuster: $6.95)

September 25, 1988|ALEX RAKSIN

These facts, arranged in percentages from 1-100, are far less slippery than the flurry of conflicting statistics traded daily in the presidential election, for they are based largely on public opinion polls that have no ax to grind. Some are less-than-startling (42% of Americans have indoor house plants), but most present a surprising portrait of America, from its suspiciousness (67% believe that files are being kept on them for unknown reasons) to its physical lassitude (64% of Americans ages 6-17 can't pass a basic fitness test).

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