Books: The Tape-Recorder War

PEACE IS OUR PROFESSION Edited by Jan Barry

East River Anthology; 294 pages; $5.95, paperbound

EVERYTHING WE HAD by Al Santoli; Random House; 265 pages; $12.95

NAM by Mark Baker; Morrow; 324 pages; $12.95

The Viet Nam War went on so long and under such scrutiny that nearly every observation and prediction about it had ample time to bear a truth. The uncustomary fact of defeat, however, was quickly buried, and Americans turned back to what they do best: helping themselves. They jogged, played tennis, meditated and nurtured a reverence for ecosystems. At times it seemed...

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