THE NEW MEN (311 pp.)C. P. Snow Scribner ($3.50).
THE HOUND OF EARTH (250 pp.)I/once BourjailyScribner ($3.50).
These books are bedside bulletins in the form of novels about two scientists who suffer a crisis of conscience over the atom bomb. British Novelist C. P. Snow charts the crisis in stately prose; U.S. Novelist Vance Bourjaily prefers a honky-tonk jazz tempo. But they both reach an annoyingly simple and characteristically 20th century diagnosislife is a dirty trick.
The hero of The New Men is a run-of-the-treadmill English physicist named Martin Eliot. Early in World War II, Martin decides that he wants 1) success and 2)...