Books: STUDY IN DISINTEGRATION

A THOUSAND SHALL FALL—Hans Habe —Harcourf Brace ($3).

As human and real as a nightmare is this first-hand account of the Fall of France by a soldier of the French Army. That enormous and intricate catastrophe might have cramped the hand of a Tolstoi. Hans Habe, previously a minor novelist, has turned it into the most vivid book World War II has yet produced. He tells nothing he did not see with his own eyes. But he saw the disintegration of a great people.

A Hungarian antifascist, Habe enlisted in France's 21st Foreign...

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