Books: Fumbled Hopes

THE SECRET SEARCH FOR PEACE IN VIETNAM by David Kraslow and Stuart H. Loory. 247 pages. Random House. $5.95.

When President Johnson announced the partial halt of North Viet Nam air strikes March 31, he left the strong impression that the bombers would be confined to areas just north of the 17th parallel and the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South. But he left the cutoff line vague on State Department advice, and the vagueness was deliberate. State strategists figured that the impact on world opinion would be greatest if immediately after his statement...

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