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NEXT TO VALOUR—John Jennings —Macmillan ($2.75).

In an order issued to his troops before Quebec in 1759, Brigadier General James Wolfe wrote: "Next to valour, the best qualities in a military man are vigilance and caution." Thereupon, exercising vigilance and caution in sending his men up the heights of Quebec, Wolfe valorously engaged General Montcalm's French forces on the Plains of Abraham, routed them. The 13 years of American history which preceded this battle, in the French and Indian Wars, are the stuff of which Next to Valour is made. Its author, John Jennings, 33, began doing research on the period in...

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