BOOK REVIEWS Portraits of the Kennedy Cabinet By Vera Williams Independent, Preis-TtlMKand BooX Edllor T^INETEEN personalities in the White House and the Kennedy cabinet are presented in "THE KENNEDY CIRCLE," edited by Lester Tanzer (Luce, $4.95). Fourteen reporters, representing newspapers, magazines or networks, are the contributors. The limelight focuses on Dean Rusk, secretary of state; Abraham Ribicoff, secretary of liealth, education and welfare, and Robert Kennedy, attorney general. F.ach man's personality is probed, together with his relationship to the President, and the way he fits into his job. David Brinkley, who wrote the introduction, says the men are not New Dealers and not reformers but pragmatists -- men who believe "the best idea is the one that works fastest with the least fuss, while irritating the fewest people." LEONARD BERNSTEIN approaches the age of 43. The world knows him as a musical director, composer of serious music, successful Broadway figure, popular TV personality. What comes next? The question is suggested, if not explored, by John Briggs, music critic, in "LEONARD BERNSTEIN" (World, $4.50), an objective, extremely readable biography. Briggs has been careful of tho^ pitfalls of hero worship and debunking. He gives biographical facts, anecdotes, carefully evaluates Bernstein's compositions and career. Photographs span the conductor's iife. HELEN OTIS LAMONT Former executive editor of Woman's Home Companion, Mrs. Lamont selected 50 of the best stories in the 60- year history of the magazine, for "A D I A M O N D OF YEARS" (Doubleday, $4.95). "THE GRAND PARADE" by Julian Mayfield (Vanguard, $4.95) is an objective study of the big American problem of white Negro relationships -- this despite the fact that it is an excellent piece of fiction -- a novel. For Mayfield, still a young man, is a writer who can look at either side of the race problem and be equally fair. He does not spare his own people (the dark) nor does he spare those with light skins where it is deserved. The characters in this fast- moving story include the rich and the poor. There are politicians without scruples and those with unshakable principles. There are zealots and harlots, the educated and illiterate, the strong and the weak, the vocal and the quiet; and each character is made clear to the reader. The book builds to a climax that leaves the reader breathless but also full of thought. ONE OF THE MOST useful aviation reference works in years is "WORLD AIRCRAFT ILLUSTRATED" compiled by John Underwood (Aero Publishers of Los Angeles, $8.00). Containing 440 photographs, the volume gives information on the current civil and military aircraft, including those of the Iron Curtain countries as well as the western world. Information includes a brief history of each aircraft in addition to operational data. Also listed are a number of small planes available in kit form for the do-it-yourself fan. The editor of this 248- page, letter-size volume is an authority on aircraft history and is the editor of the quarterly "I.ightplane Review." DID YOU KNOW that pastries with fillings, known as Â· pirozhki, are favorite Russian dishes? That, in Russia, appetizers are called zahoosky? And blini mean."; paper-thin pancakes? These and more than 200 other Russian recipes, all using ingredients obtainable in any grocery store, are given by Kyra Pe- trovskaya in "KYRA'S SECRETS OF RUSSIAN COOKING" (Prentice Hall, $3.95). Another new cookbook is "ELENA'S F I E S T A RECIPES" by Elena Zelayeta (Ritchie, $1.95), a l r e a d y widely known for her "Elena's Famous Mexican and Spanish Recipes." This volume is filled with mouth-watering recipes for chuletas, cnrnitas, chiles rellenos, minguichcs, etc. "Remember," Elena says, "a full belly makes a happy heart." A w mi UUll/VI i3 Autobiography "TAIL OF THE PAPER TIGER" by O. H. P. King (Caxton, $G) is the fascinating autobiography of a small town Southern California editor whose by-line became synonymous with the Korean War. Okey King grew up in n e a r b y Venice, attended USC and after failing to land a job on the Press- Telegram put in a questionable apprenticeship as a waterfront cub for the Los Angeles Examiner before spending 20 years raising a family as a reporter-editor- and-everything on the Pomona Bulletin. Then came his second career as a start-at-the- bottom fledgling wire service newsman in the AP bureau in San Francisco, Far East and Korean War correspondent and then personal adviser to Dr. Syngman Rhee in the ROK government. His third career as a writer and lecturer is presently in full bloom. "The Korean War lacks the romanticism of other conflicts in which the U. S. has engaged," writes King. ". . . Historians impressed us in childhood with the invincibility of the Stars and Stripes and the outcome of the Korean War is not in keeping with our traditions. It was like a bad dream . . . but was rich in intense living, in heart-warming incidents." ADD TO THE SPATE of natural history books this year: R. II. Pearson's "A SEAL FLIES BY" (Walker, $3.50) about two personable seals, Flipper and Diana, that the author adds to his English home. The seals are intelligent, fun-loving, they work at training their owner. Photographs and. drawings add interest. ON NEW Y E A R ' S Day, , 18G3, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The struggle of Negroes in the succeeding generation to realize the promise of that proclamation is told.movingly by Arna Bontemps, assisted by Langston Hughes in "100 YEARS OF NEGRO FREEDOM" (Dodd, Mead, $3.50.) 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