Books: Solomons:Three Days

Solomons: Three Days

INTO THE VALLEY—John Hersey—Knopf ($2).

The Marines who kept trickling home from Guadalcanal last week found three books about themselves in the stalls. Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary (TiME, Jan. 25) and Ira Wolfert's Battle for the Solomons tell of whole campaigns. John Hersey's unpretentious little book tells of just three days—three days when, as a TIME correspondent, tall, 28-year-old Hersey went along on a skirmish with the men of Marine Captain Charles Rigaud.

He calls this expedition into a sniper-infested valley "just an episode in an insignificant battle" (the Marines...

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