Books: Two Roads to Tokyo

NEW GUINEA AND THE MARIANAS (435 pp.) — Samuel Eliot Morison— Little, Brown ($6).

Samuel Eliot Morison, the Navy's Boswell, has reached mid-1944 (and Vol. 8) in his projected 14-volume U.S. naval history of World War II, and the Pacific war takes on a grander sweep and a faster pace. For two years, General MacArthur's forces have been straining to break the Bismarcks Barrier. In the nibbling operations in the Gilberts and Marshalls, the Marines have taken a successful but costly bite at Tarawa. Meanwhile, the Navy has been unable to engage any large...

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