Books: Atom-Age Martyr

THE HIROSHIMA PILOT by William Bradford Huie. 318 pages. Putnam. $5.95.

Deep in the heart of Texas is a man who has become even more of a martyr than the heroes of the Alamo. He is Major Claude Eatherly, who, according to ban-the-bomb legend, led the atomic raid on Hiroshima, repented what he had done and, racked by guilt, turned to a life of petty crime to punish himself. Between times, he discoursed on the total sin of the atom bomb. Wrote Edmund Wilson: "He seems to have been unique among bombers in having paused...

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