Books: Horse Marine

RECKLESS, PRIDE OF THE MARINES—Andrew Geer—Dutton ($3.50).

Horses have all but disappeared from the battlefield, but now and then a 20th century warhorse turns up to keep alive the old traditions. Such an animal is Reckless, a beautiful little (eleven hands) sorrel mare who endeared herself to the 1st Marine Division in Korea.

Reckless (née Flame) was the beloved possession of a young Korean jockey until the boy's sister lost her leg in a land-mine accident; then he decided to sell the horse to the Marines for $250 in order to buy his sister an artificial leg. On the front lines, Reckless became...

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