Books: Behind the Beyond

BEACHHEAD ON THE WIND — Carl Jonas —Little, Brown ($2).

As the homebound ship nosed through the grey fog towards San Francisco, the sailor gripped the steel bulwarks with tight hands and prayed: "Oh Lord, oh dear Lord, make it so I can talk to them.

And make it so they can understand." The Lord has made it so that Boat swain's Mate Second Class Carl Jonas can talk to them. In deep emotion and a rhythmic, sharp-focused prose, Coast Guardsman Jonas has tried to make his book a communication line between the Americans who went to war and the Americans who stayed...

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