Books: After the Battle

SOLDIER

by LIEUT. COLONEL ANTHONY B. HERBERT, U.S.A. (ret.) with JAMES T. WOOTEN 498 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $10.95.

The Viet Nam War may be over for the U.S., but its errors and tragedies linger on. So do potential controversies, investigations, recriminations. They lie about like unexploded shells after a battle, to be detonated or defused according to public inclination.

Take the case of Lieut. Colonel Anthony B. Herbert, 42. Herbert, an altar boy carved out of Pennsylvania anthracite, went to Korea ("I wanted above all else to be a soldier") and emerged as...

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