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JOHN KERRY’S MEMOIR SPEAKS OF HONOR, TRUTH AND PUBLIC SERVICE.

“Every Day Is Extra”

By John Kerry

622 pages. Simon & Schuster. $35.

John Kerry has written a solid political memoir. “Every Day Is Extra” offers a detailed record of an important life, a dutiful recounting of long-forgotten triumphs and setbacks, and a high-minded coda about the virtues of public service. Like others in its genre, it is long and slow, but it is frank, thoughtful and clearly written. Aspiring candidates and officials will find good career advice; wonks will appreciate the ticktocks of negotiations on Israel, Iran and climate change; cynics will see it as a trial balloon for one last run.

There are a few mini-revelations, but what lingers are not the parts but the whole; not the life, but the man. Kerry is

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