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There is a Fountain: The Autobiography of a Civil Rights Lawyer Reviewed by Leonard B. Boudin --

This book is unlike other good legal autobiographies, such as those of D.N. Pritt,' Clarence Darrow, and more recently Charles Morgan," for Lynn throughout his life was very poor, a radical and,most importantly, Black. Those portions of his autobiography that recount his political life in college and in later years make exciting and important reading. Lynn was the only member of the Young Communist League at Syracuse University in the early 1930s, and was a member of the American Communist Party in his early career until he objected to the party's Black nationalist line.' As a young lawyer, he joined National Lawyers Guild, which he correctly praises for its unique role in providing legal services for politically unpopular causes.' He has been involved in most of the major political movements of our day, including the Popular Front movement,the Spanish Civil War, and the movement for Puerto Rican independence. Most significantly, however, Lynn for many years was the only Black lawyer handling political cases for Black people in the United States. It is painful even for one familiar with those cases to hear them retold en bloc, recognizing the handicaps under which Lynn and his clients worked and the indifference (often corruption)with which Lynn's efforts were greeted by courts and prosecutors.

Legal Regulation of the Competitive Process Reviewed by Kenneth B. Germain --

Although considerably overdue in light of major developments in the mid-1970s, the new edition of this casebook is well worth waiting for. Indeed, its authors have successfully built upon the solid' foundation they laid in the first edition by some helpful reorganization, some sensible condensation, and some crucial expansion into new areas, in addition to the necessary updating. Consequently, this book represents the finest published casebook available for a broad-based course in Unfair Trade Practices, with the caveat that if a substantial segment of the course is devoted to"consumerism," another book may be preferable.' The opening chapter, entitled "The Problem of Entry," has been expanded substantially since the first edition. A few new cases have been added, notably George R. Whitten, Jr., Inc. v. Paddock Pool Builders, Inc.,' which presents some provocative aspects of the interplay between federal and state law in an antitrust context. Significantly, this case, along with the earlier materials in the chapter, tends to indicate the precarious balance between"unfair" and "competition." This case is followed by the classic INS case" which, in turn, is followed by the landmark Sears, and "preemption" issue to be introduced early enough in the course so that its parameters can be pursued more thoroughly in later materials.