Books: Christmas Avalanche

Book publishers understandably tend to save their richest and most expensive books for the Christmas season. Color reproduction improves yearly, and there are few places any more where the roving camera is denied entrance. The result is an avalanche of big books, bedazzling to the eye and bewildering to the judgment of the hurried shopper. Herewith a guide to the best among them:

GUNS by Dudley Pope. 254 pages. Delacorte. $20. The first known cannon, which resembled a funeral urn, barked some six centuries ago. Mankind has since improved the methods of mass destruction with an ingenuity that becomes distressingly evident in...

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