Books: The Great Lie

CAPTAIN DREYFUS (274 pp.)—Nicholas nalasz—bimon and Schuster ($3.50).

On Jan. 5, 1895, a spectacled and mustached French army captain stood stiffly at attention on the parade ground of the Ecole Militaire. As a huge crowd looked on, a guardsman came forward and ripped the epaulets from his shoulders, yanked away the red stripes of the general staff from his trousers, took the officer's sword and broke it across his knee. The crowd roared its approval. In a small yard of the same school 11 ½ years later, the same officer stood before a brigadier general...

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