Picks and Pans Review: People and Power
by Michael Evans
"What we have here," writes George F. Will in his preface, "is a class picture. It is a picture of the ruling class." It is, to be exact, 293 pictures of the ruling class taken by President Reagan's personal photographer. Evans has included some unlikely subjects for a book about power in today's Washington, including Pat Boone, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Ken Curtis ("Festus" on the old Gunsmoke). Also featured are a lot of journalists, photographers and secretaries. There are even a few Democrats of various descriptions, but the bulk of Evans' subjects are people associated with the Reagan Presidency, and they exude self-confidence, self-satisfaction and, in a few instances, self-importance. Seeing so many of them posed individually is oddly humanizing. The isolation of each subject is a reminder: While these people have, through varying combinations of ability, ambition and luck, risen to positions of importance, they are, for better and worse, not much unlike the folks down the block. (Abrams, $29.95)
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