Books: War of Words


Viet Nam Veterans:

Neither Victims Nor Executioners by ROBERT JAY LIFTON 478 pages. Simon & Schuster. $8.95.

Robert Jay Lifton, the Yale psychiatry professor who calls himself a "psychohistorian," is a student of holocaust.

His best-known book, Death in Life:

Survivors of Hiroshima, won a National Book Award in 1969. As a onetime Air Force psychiatrist, he often speaks cogently about the high mental cost of war. One therefore expects a great deal of Home from the War.

Lifton was one of a number of psychiatrists who participated in rap groups organized by Viet Nam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). For more than...

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