Books: Ivy League Bond

MARCO POLO, IF YOU CAN by William F. Buckley Jr. Doubleday; 233 pages; $13.95

Veterans of Cold War I who are rushing to re-enlist for Cold War II should get a lift from this jaunty medley of 1950s history and spy fiction. Through diplomatic freeze and thaw, William F. Buckley Jr., editor of the National Review, has always kept his ideological thermostat set at a conservative 32° F. In his fourth novel-entertainment, he again slips into the adventurous alter id, Blackford Oakes, the dashing Yalie spook who first appeared in Saving the Queen....

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