Books: Disaster

Two MINUTES TO NOON (191 pp.) —Noel F. Busch—Simon & Schuster ($4.95).

At 58 minutes and 46 seconds past 110n the morning of Sept. 1, 1923, Mayor Hidejiro Nagata of Tokyo noticed that the electric light that hung from his ceiling had begun to swing from side to side. "Ah," said the mayor, "earthquake!"

Reconstructing the event in this latest addition to the growing you-were-there genre of nonfiction (Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day, Walter Lord's A Night to

Remember), Author Noel F. Busch addresses himself in detail to the cause of the lamp's swaying—and the fearful hours and days that followed it. It was...

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