WASHINGTON -- Tucked inside the cover of the book he wrote, Kenneth H. Thomas keeps some his most treasured mementoes: letters from Washington hotshots.

The letters -- neatly stacked together, folded in half and bound with a rubber band -- are brief thank-yous for his book, Community Reinvestment Performance. There's one from Attorney General Janet Reno and another from House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez.

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