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Books: Long Hike

RETREAT WITH STILWELL—Jack Belden —Knopf ($3).

For 33-year-old TIME Correspondent Jack Belden, Burma was not just a politico-military tragedy. It was also a fantastic personal adventure, a dream, a series of violent, sick, hot, ruinous and sensuous images. He crowds them into a dynamic account of the Burmese ordeal.

Under the Lorry. On the road retreating from Magwe, Belden listened to General Bruce Scott speaking pensively between sips of soup: "What is war? Who is the enemy? What is he? We can only grasp at the shape of the antagonist before us, and then...

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