Books: One Man's War

THE GREEN BERETS by Robin Moore. 341 pages. Crown. $4.95.

"Wear the beret proudly," John F. Kennedy enjoined the U.S. Army's Special Forces in 1962. "It will be a mark of distinction and a badge of courage in the fight for freedom." It was Kennedy who gave the elite corps back its jaunty green berets, after the brasshats had removed them and reduced the highly trained counterinsurgency fighters to a less independent role. And despite their distinguished record in Viet Nam, controversy over the Special Forces still sputters in the Pentagon.

Their cause will not be helped by Green Berets, which purports to...

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