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>THE CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY ENGLISH professor Shelby Steele is himself black, and his controversial views on American racial politics make for provocative reading. He argues, for example, that some blacks use racism as an excuse for failure. (Harper/ Perennial)
THE GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH NOVELIST GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ again rewrites history. This time he uses the turbulent setting of 19th-century South America to, in effect, say, "General Bolivar, I presume." (Penguin)
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