THE TIME OF THE ASSASSINS (375 pp.)Godfrey BlundenLippincott ($3.75).
During World War I, an Albanian was asked how he felt about the war. "What?" he replied. "Two dogs are fighting for a bone, and you ask the bone how it feels?"
In World War II, the Ukraine was such a bone. Ukrainian nationalism, long feared and thwarted by the czars, had been ruthlessly suppressed by the commissars. When the war came to Russia, some Ukrainians hoped the Nazis might be a lesser evil, but they soon learned that between two dictatorships there can be little choice.
In The Time of the Assassins, Novelist Godfrey...