Books: The Big Attrit

FIRE IN THE LAKE

by FRANCES FITZGERALD 491 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown.

$12.50.

This is the Viet Nam book for people who do not want to read about Viet Nam—the lip-service hawks and doves who don't know Quang Tri from An Giang and don't care how the war ends as long as it is soon. Fire in the Lake is about the nature of the Vietnamese character and its encounter with the West. In one form or other, scholars, journalists and Government officials have said most of what Frances FitzGerald has to say. But she may succeed better than they simply because she delves into...

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