Books: W. W. II: Up Front and Back Home

LONELY VIGIL: COASTWATCHERS OF THE SOLOMONS by WALTER LORD 322 pages. Viking. $12.50.

Walter Lord has told his readers what it was like to go down with the Titanic (A Night to Remember), to fight at the Alamo (A Time to Stand) and to wake to the World War II overture one Honolulu morning in 1941 (Day of Infamy). As a popular chronicler of historic days and nights, the bestselling author relies heavily on eyewitness accounts from participants and survivors. Incredible Victory, his narrative of the Battle of Midway, crackled with aging voices from...

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