Books: Barrack-Room Ballad

LIEUTENANT CALLEY/HIS OWN STORY, as told to John Sack. 181 pages. Viking. $4.95.

The parts of this memoir that deal with My Lai are mainly taken verbatim from Lieut. Calley's trial testimony. Readers who like to see Calley as scapegoat and martyr can read again his claim that the star prosecution witnesses were lying, and reflect on the lieutenant's reassertion that at My Lai he was acting not as a responsible individual but as the blind agent of the American people. What makes the book interesting are Calley's recollections of the months before and...

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