Books: The Morality of Violence

NUREMBERG AND VIETNAM: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Telford Taylor, 224 pages. Quadrangle. $5.95.

AMERICAN VIOLENCE, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY by Richard Hofstadter and Michael Wallace. 478 pages. Knopf. $10.

Men who take up arms against one an other in public war do not cease on this account to be moral beings, responsible to one another and to God. ­U.S. Army regulations, 1863

The usefulness and morality of violence­ at home and in Viet Nam­ have become dreadful, Siamese-twin preoccupations of a divided American consciousness. A corrosively partisan debate concerning them has just been joined by two scholar-essayists­Pulitzer prizewinning...

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