Books: Redcoat's View

SERGEANT LAMB'S AMERICA — Robert Graves—Random House ($2.50).

Robert Graves is one of England's soldier-poets who, since the days of Raleigh and Ben Jonson, have given battle and exploit the lustre which means Empire. Not that Robert Graves likes modern war: his 1914-18 memoirs, Goodbye to All That (1929), were among the most disillusioned records any old soldier ever wrote. But Graves conceded that in an age of scarlet coats, flintlock muskets, brass cannon, war may have been fun, with more glory than gore.

Such a war was the American Revolution. In it fought Sergeant Roger Lamb, whom Officer Robert Graves of the...

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