Books: Midway Relived

INCREDIBLE VICTORY by Walter Lord. 331 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

You-are-there books are not present tense journalism or final history, but they are a demanding kind of literary specialty, and can be absorbing reading. Specific detail is summoned to flesh out the skeletal facts of history, the jumbled sequence of action is put in order. Walter Lord has the knack. A Night to Remember was his effective reconstruction of the Titanic disaster. Incredible

Victory is his replay of the 1942 Battle of Midway, in which seven Japanese and U.S. ships went down. Through these pages, the reader feels the dizzy tilt of...

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