Books: For Whom Bell Charges Tolls

THIS COMPANY OF MEN by William Pearson. 371 pages. St Martin's. $5.95.

"Call me Herodotus," cries Virtue Smith, the narrator of this nobly titled novel, This Company of Men. Something noble certainly should be in the bulky text. All, however, is irony, and "Herodotus" is actually dealing with "the civilization of the Corporation Man . . . the creature struggling in a snowstorm of trivia."

In other words, William Pearson, a Denver lawyer turned novelist, has undertaken to write another insider's story of a great U.S. corporation—in this case, the Consolidated Bell Company in the...

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