Books: No Solution

THE VIOLENT PEACE by Carl and Shelley Mydans. 478 pages. Atheneum. $12.50.

Once when old Otto von Bismarck's demands had set much of Europe atremble, he was asked if he wanted war. He replied, "Certainly not. What I want is victory." His remark reflected the attitude of countless uncomplicated ages when men waged their wars with relatively simple weapons for a single purpose. Using every available resource, adversaries simply beat at each other until one side ultimately collapsed and surrendered.

All that, of course, was before the Bomb. Since World War II ended,...

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