International: Defeat Through Victory

THE STRUGGLE FOR EUROPE (766 pp.)—Chester Wilmot—Harper ($5).

No one can be more irritating than a Monday-morning quarterback—particularly when he may be right. Australian-born Chester Wilmot's The Struggle for Europe will probably set more U.S. teeth on edge than any book yet written about World War II. As a political and military history, Dunkirk to V-E day, it could easily be labeled anti-American. Yet it deserves a fair hearing and not just as a matter of courtesy. Wilmot, a BBC war correspondent who went in with the British airborne troops on Dday, has written...

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