Books: The Hero as Rookie

THE MINT (250 pp.) —T. E. Lawrence — Doubleday ($20).

In 1922 a hungry, undersized Englishman who gave his name as John Hume Ross enlisted in the R.A.F. He found the going rough, and he was not much of a soldier. He tried manfully to enjoy the ruggedness of his unaccustomed surroundings, but his accent was Oxford, and he was shocked by the obscenities that peppered everyone's speech but his own. Sometimes physical training made him ill. Each night he scribbled notes before lights out. The men wondered about this queer one, but not for...

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