Books: Royal Navy Raises Caine

H.M.S. ULYSSES (316 pp.)—Alistair MacLean—Doubleday ($3.95).

In a British film called Kind Hearts and Coronets, an admiral went down with his flagship, at full salute, unflinching as the waters closed over his beard. It was, of course, a British spoof of the proud Royal Navy, whose tradition of impenetrable reticence earned it the name "Silent Service." Now that the U.S. has become the world's greatest naval power, a certain relaxation of the stiff upper lip is in order. In overstated understatement, H.M.S. Ulysses is trying to show that the Royal Navy had a royal and rugged time of it in World War...

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