Books: Cog Ergo Sum

THE MAN-EATING MACHINE 177 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $6.95.

Nature abhors its vacuums, and man cannot abide free-floating guilt. But scapegoats are getting harder to find these days (vide Richard Nixon and his Watergate problems). After My Lai, the U.S. Army thought they had a pretty good sacrificial offering in Lieut. William Calley—until corrosion began eating its way up the chain of command. The Army's containment plan was not helped by Journalist John Sack, who moved in with Calley for one of those total immersions that have become the baptismal rites of...

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