Books: The Face of War

THE AMERICAN HERITAGE PICTURE HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II, edited by David G. McCullough; text by C. L. Sulzberger. 640 pages. Simon & Schuster. $20 (deluxe edition: $25).

There are at least 14.9 million experts on World War II in the U.S. That is the number of Americans still living, out of a total of 16.3 million, who served in the armed forces during the war. A good proportion of this group will almost certainly find something to carp about in this bulky history—a skirmish ignored, a river crossing forgotten, a campaign brushed off, a battle mentioned only in passing, a...

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