Books: The G.l.'s General

A SOLDIER'S STORY (618 pp.)—Omar N. Bradley—Holt ($5).

Omar Bradley's early career as a soldier was no more unusual than his reason for becoming one (West Point was free and he was poor). While some of his classmates ('15) helped to make military history in World War I, Bradley commanded a guard company in the copper mines at Butte, Mont. He began to think that his "career had been washed out from the start." But at Fort Benning in 1929, he had worked for a lieutenant colonel named George Marshall.

When, in 1943, Marshall needed...

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