Books: Preposterous Preview

PHANTOM VICTORY—Erwin Lessner—Putnam ($2.50). "The curtain falls," said the German chief of staff to the assembled generals, "but the play is not over. . . . The National Socialist era ... was just an episode in the life of our nation. . . . You will discard your uniforms, [but] may I add that politics is a continuation of war by other means?"

How the Wehrmacht continued World War II by other means is the theme of this novel by Austrian-born Erwin Lessner. Author Lessner, 46, is an anti-Nazi from way back. For years he kept a jump ahead of the...

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