Books: Everybody Met The General?

Everybody Met the General? MELVILLE GOODWIN, USA (596 pp.) —John P. Marquand—Little, Brown ($3.75).

West Point did a bang-up job on Melville Goodwin. It took a small-town druggist's son from Hallowell, N.H. and turned out an officer who seemed to be all guts and resourcefulness. Mel Goodwin proved that in two world wars, first as an infantryman and then as a tanker. Now he was fiftyish, a major general and still going up. But neither West Point nor combat had taught him how to cope with a civilian hazard like Dottie Peale. At 40,...

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