Books: The General and the Admiral

WAR As I KNEW IT (425 pp.)—General George S. Patton Jr.—Houghton Mifflin ($3.75).

ADMIRAL HALSEY'S STORY (310 pp.)—Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey and Lieut. Commander J. Bryan III—Whittlesey ($4).

Admiral Halsey was a kind of seagoing General Patton. Both Halsey and Patton took long, unorthodox chances and won brilliant victories. Both were profane and histrionic commanders. Each stubbed his well-polished boot when he stepped outside his own field of fire. Their books have only this in common: each contains a fairly detailed operations report that historians and experts, armchair and professional, will find required reading. Beyond that, Admiral Halsey's Story is a...

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