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CRITICS' CHOICE

January 22, 1989

JACK GANCE

by Ward Just (Houghton Mifflin: $17.95; 279 pp.) "Just makes politics a substantially more colorful calling than it actually is, and we learn something--however ugly--about the motivations of politicians and the seductive nature of power."--Gary Dretzka

THE ELEPHANT AND MY JEWISH PROBLEM

Short Stories and Journals, 1957-1987

by Hugh Nissenson (Harper & Row: $18.95; 224 pp.) "An elegant retrospective. The journal entries are the more memorable, invariably containing moments of serendipitous revelation."

--Stuart Schoffman

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