Books: Tragedy of Errors

THE WRONG HORSE

by Laurence Stern

Times Books; 170 pages; $10

Henry Kissinger's triumphs have had one father. His one unmitigated debacle is an orphan. It was the Cyprus crisis of 1974, a chain of coup, invasion, countercoup and embargo that left the southern flank of NATO in chaos and U.S. prestige in the Eastern Mediterranean at an ebb. Laurence Stern, a veteran reporter on national security for the Washington Post, has written a compact and compelling account of the affair. He traces U.S. policy from the Truman Doctrine of 1947 to Clark Clifford's inconclusive mediation mission earlier this year, but he concentrates...

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