Books: G.I. Wounded

WHISTLE by James Jones

Delacorte; 457 pages; $10.95

When James Jones died last year he was trying desperately to finish Whistle, his final installment of a trilogy begun with From Here to Eternity and extended through The Thin Red Line. Whistle, Jones wrote, would "say just about everything I have ever had to say, or will ever have to say, on the human condition of war and what it means to us, as against what we claim it means to us." Measured against that aspiration, the book proves that Jones either had nothing more to...

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