Books: Royal Raptor

THE GOLDEN EAGLE by Robert Murphy. 157 pages. Duffon. $3.95.

In the human imagination, the eagle has long been more a symbol than a bird. It was celebrated by the Egyptians as the bird of the sun, the lion of the sky. It was known to the Greeks as the emissary of Zeus, and blamed in their legends for the death of Aeschylus —an eagle, the story goes, mistook the bald head of the dramatist for a stone and dropped a turtle on it. It is most familiar to Americans as the heraldic symbol on the U.S. Seal of State. But the...