Books: A. P. on Nappie

WHY WATERLOO? (352 pp.)—A. P. Herbert—Doubleday ($4).

"Look!" trilled Napoleon's Empress Marie Louise. "I can twitch my ears!" "And so she could," continues Author A. P. Herbert, "without moving a muscle of her face. It was not enough for a long evening, and they gently introduced her to the game of billiards."

Humorist Herbert is a man to whom the ear action of an empress will always be of more concern than her political action. Yet in Why Waterloo? he is trying to be Historian Herbert and keep a reasonably straight face about it; and so he gently and almost apologetically...