Books: Potshots at the Pentagon

FAIL-SAFE (286 pp.)—Eugene Bardick & Harvey Wheeler—McGraw-Hill ($4.95).

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (341 pp.)—Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II—Harper & Row ($4.95).

There is a rush on inside novels about big-time politics in Washington, and each author tries to outdo the last in dreaming up fantastic political skulduggery that has never occurred and never will. The latest to climb on the badwagon are the writing teams of Burdick-Wheeler and Knebel-Bailey. Their target is the Pentagon. According to their spicy exposés, it is a den of some of the most hideous monsters this side of Cyclops' cave.

Emotional Neuters. Burdick, who swung wildly, and...

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