Books: Would You Believe?

A MAN CALLED LUCY by Pierre Accoce and Pierre Quef. 250 pages. Coward-McCann. $5.

Would you believe: That during World War II the Allies were warned weeks in advance of the blitzkrieg invasions of Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Norway and Denmark? That Stalin received a verbatim plan of "Operation Barbarossa"—the crushing German push into Russia—more than a month before it happened? And that nobody in Moscow or The Hague or Whitehall or Washington did anything about those warnings?

Any reader of World War II history might well be excused for skepticism. Yet this book, written by two reputable French journalists after...

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