"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," by Ed Rollins. Broadway...

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August 18, 1996|By Bill Boyarsky | Bill Boyarsky,Los Angeles Times

"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," by Ed Rollins. Broadway Books. 386 pages. $27.50

The author, a Republican political consultant with a mouth to match his ego, has written the ultimate kiss-and-yell memoir.

It's a lot like drinking with one of his breed, listening to stories that get better with each round. But as closing time nears, a thought nags at even the most alcohol-besotted brain: These stories may not be the entire truth.

What elevates this book considerably above the usual political memoir is not the recounting of old battles but the insight into the mysterious and devious mind of the political manager. This understanding helps explain why our political system has become so mean, and why so many people are turned off by it.

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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