Books: Another War

A PRIVATE BATTLE by Cornelius Ryan and Kathryn Morgan Ryan Simon & Schuster; 448pages; $12.95

"What I write about is not war, but the courage of man," Cornelius Ryan once remarked. In his bestselling World War II trilogy (The Longest Day, The Last Battle, A Bridge Too Far), Ryan, a historian and former wartime correspondent, recounted great battles not through statistics but through narratives of personal sacrifice and drama. In A Private Battle, his last book, Ryan re-creates another kind of war: a four-year fight against cancer. Composed of tapes recorded throughout his...

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