Books: Pop War

Pop War GORE AND IGOR by Meyer Levin. 315 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

THE TOWER OF BABEL by Morris L. West. 361 pages. Morrow. $5.95.

The Arab-Israeli eruption of last June was a pop war, unless you happened to be an Arab or an Israeli, and a pop war novel about it is a provocation no truce commission could have been expected to prevent. Meyer Levin (Compulsion) has fired off a rooty-tooty, pot-woozy, never-trust-anyone-whose-eyes-still-focus novel about how it wasn't in the Sinai campaign.

Levin's principals are Gore Taylor, a young American protest singer, and Igor Mikhailovitch, a young Russian...

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