Books: Memories of a Simpler War

THE KOREAN WAR by Matthew B. Ridgway. 291 pages. Doub/eday. $6.95.

The Korean War was frustrating, messy and bloody, but compared with Viet Nam, it was simple. For one thing, the Communists struck across a clear demarcation line, leaving no doubt in anyone's mind about the nature of the aggression. For another, Russia and China were still united, and while this made them a formidable enemy, it also made them easier to cope with in the American mind; there was little thought then of "building bridges" to Communist nations or of betting on Titoism in...

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