Books: Fresh Off the Assembly Line

ARMAGEDDON by Leon Uris. 632 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

Hmm. Bank balance down. Time to do another Big Novel. But what about? The marines in World War II? Did that one already. Maybe the Kaiser's war? Ancient history. The Israeli thing, and beautiful deep-chested broads with big bandoleers standing ankle-deep in the dirt of the kibbutzim? Ah, there's a bestselling idea. Too bad, did that one too. What's left? Got it! Berlin and the airlift. It has flyers and wild blue yonders, and conflict with the Russkies, and a small band of far-seeing Army officers,...

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