Books: Airborne Nightmare

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

by CORNELIUS RYAN

670 pages. Simon & Schuster. $12.50.

It was very much like the closing stage of a chess game. Checkmate seemed inevitable, but no one was sure when or how it would come. Since D-day (June 5, 1944), W.W. II had turned around entirely. For six weeks the outnumbered Germans had been losing the war across France and Belgium faster than the Allied armies, running short of fuel, could win it. Lieut. General George Patton in the south lay only 100 miles from the Rhine and, like Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in the north, he was convinced...

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