Books: Poets and Presidents

WEST POINT: THE MEN AND TIMES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY by Thomas J. Fleming. 402 pages. Morrow. $8.50.

Daniel Webster remarked about Dartmouth, "It is, sir, as I have said, a small college, and yet there are those who love it." If a similar statement could sum up West Point, it might be found in the words of one devout cadet who said, "It's better to sire an illegitimate child than to marry and violate West Point regulations."

The capacity to inspire such awe, affection and loyalty suggests deep roots and firm beginnings....

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