Books: The Way It Really Was

BRAVE COMPANY (246 pp.)—Guthrie Wilson—Putnam ($3).

"To my right a line of blasted trees linked our area with the enemy. I knew each tree intimately, like old and hated enemies. The first, two feet of thick stump only; the next, twisted like a witch's nightmare; the third, a slender sliver in the half-light; the fourth, broad and black like soot. . . And there, against the soot, I saw him move.

"Something white that moved.

"My lids raised, the pain of my eyes forgotten, immobile and scarcely breathing, my head bent forward till my eyes were scarcely above the lip of my trench, I...