Books: Washington Wept Here

BATTLE FOR MANHATTAN (128 pp.) —Bruce Bliven Jr.—Holt ($3.50).

Bruce Bliven Jr. is a veteran of the Normandy invasion who fell to wondering after his return to Manhattan if it had happened that way at home. He ended up writing the almost-forgotten story of how indeed it had. The two-day "battle for Manhattan" is not the most glorious chapter in U.S. history. But as Author (The Wonderful Writing Machine) Bliven has pieced it together, with the help of period prints and maps showing the fighting in terms of today's streets and landmarks, his compact and lively book may be just the...

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