Books: The Love Battle

THE PRICE OF GLORY (371 pp.)—Alistair Horne—St. Martin's ($5.95).

Around the town, in an area not much larger than a small college campus, nearly half a million men died. Under the ceaseless shelling, whole companies sometimes disappeared without a trace. Even when the dead were found and buried, it sometimes did little to combat the pervasive smell of rotting human flesh. "The shells disinter the bodies, then reinter them," a young French soldier wrote, "chop them to pieces, play with them as a cat plays with a mouse."

Verdun was the most destructive and in...

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