Books: Vivid Violence

TORPEDO 8—Ira Wolfert—Houghton Mifflin ($2).

Torpedo 8, fruit of NANA Correspondent Ira Wolfert's three-month stay in the South Pacific, is a report of U.S. air fighting in the Solomons. Terse and nerve-tingling, the book communicates the stab-&-run violence of aerial battle with a verbal violence as calculated and vivid as an explosion.

"In about the time it takes to stamp out a pile of ants," Number 8 of the Navy's torpedoplane squadrons was utterly smashed by ack-ack and Zeros at the Battle of Midway. "The squadron was like a raw egg thrown into an...

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