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Book briefing: varied smorgasbord from independent publishers; Black Superstars: Getting Ahead in Today's America, by Bernard Mackler. Buffalo , N.Y.: Conch Magazine Ltd., Publishers (102 Normal Avenue, 14213). $15.

"Much has been said of impoverished Blacks but little of their success." With this observation, clinical psychologist Mackler sets out to chart the routes by which blacks can obtain a position in the American middle class. He focuses mainly on education, business, and sports.

Along the way, he raises some interesting questions: What factors spur a black child to succeed or fail in school? Should blacks strive for success within white-dominated businesses, or seek to develop an alternative black capitalism? Are black athletes still subtly discriminated against?

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Unfortunately, Mackler's development of his theme is uneven. At some points he confines himself to a review of previous research; at others he unleashes torrents of unsupported generalizations. Although he provides a few fresh insights and cites a range of opini on, as a whole his work lacks coherence.

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