Books: Arms and the Man

IT GAVE EVERYBODY SOMETHING TO DO by LOUISE THORESEN with E.M. NATHANSON 346 pages. Evans. $8.95.

It was a blind date in a thousand. On Jan. 29, 1958, Louise Banich, a carpenter's daughter, was what the dating-game pragmatists of the day called "fixed up" with William Erness Thoresen III. He was not only a son of the president of Chicago's Great Western Steel Corp. but tall, handsome and charming as well. At 20, Bill Thoresen was also something of a cutup. He already had a record for shoplifting violations and assault-and-battery arrests. But, as...

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