Books: Seven Years of Valley Forge

THUNDER OUT OF CHINA (325 pp.)—Theodore H. White & Annalee Jacoby —William Sloane Associates ($3).

In hardship and tragic travail, Chungking was to modern China what Valley Forge was to revolutionary America. But Valley Forge lasted one winter and Chungking lasted seven years.

To people living in a different civilization on the opposite side of the world, the events of those seven years seemed strange and complicated. Thunder out of China, Book-of-the-Month for November, makes them comprehensible to Americans.

In the early summer of 1939, when the bombings of Chungking began, Theodore H. ("Teddy") White* was a young man just a year out of...

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