Books: Committed Men

REPORTED TO BE ALIVE by Grant Wolfkill with Jerry A. Rose. 377 pages Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

There was a grinding whir above the sound of the helicopter engine, and the craft suddenly fell off in a long stomach-wrenching dive. It smashed hard into an open field, swerved, bounced, tottered and finally settled down in the dust.

The date was May 15, 1961, the day following the signing of a cease-fire agreement in Laos. The place was a field in the middle of the jungle north Vientiane, the Laotian capital. In the helicopter were three...

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