Books: Bestseller Revisited

A NATION OF SHEEP (192 pp.)—William J. Lederer—Norton ($3.95).

Doom croakers, hand wringers and political hypochondriacs—plus some 100,000 plain, puzzled Americans—have made a 36-week bestseller out of this loosely written handful of horror stories about U.S. policy in the Pacific. Author Lederer has provided an able demonstration of how to succeed in the book business without really trying. Having hit pay dirt with The Ugly American, it was simply a matter of going back to the same place and digging some more dirt.

The Ugly American, which retired Navy Captain Lederer co-authored with Eugene Burdick, was a fictional morality tale about a good...

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