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OUR VICHY GAMBLE (412 pp.)—William L. Langer—Knopf ($3.75).

The Roosevelt-Hull policy toward Vichyfrance has been attacked with more fervor than it has been defended. This book is the most thorough and respectable defense the U.S. policy has had. William L. Langer, Harvard's Coolidge Professor of History and wartime chief of the OSS Research and Analysis Branch, concedes that U.S. Vichy policy may have been an unattractive long-shot gamble, but argues that it was "always substantially sound," judged by U.S. interests. And, he says, it paid off.

Historian Langer has had access to such a wealth of unpublished material (State Department dispatches, OSS...

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