Books: Gross Under Pressure

FLASH FOR FREEDOM! by GEORGE MacDONALD FRASER 287 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

In this, the third installment of his maculate memoirs, Harry Flashman comes to the United States (circa 1848). As usual it is all a terrible mistake. "Whenever I'm feeling up to the mark and congratulating myself," the great bounder glumly remarks, "some fearful fate trips me headlong, and I find myself haring for cover with my guts churning and Nemesis in full cry after me."

In this case, fate's banana peel is a game of vingt et un with (among others) Benjamin Disraeli. Flashy is precipitated through a few more dead waters...

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