Books: Pluck and Luck

THE BATTLE FOR THE FALKLANDS by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins Norton;384 pages; $17.50

For 2½ months last year, Britain and Argentina fought a 19th century naval battle with late-20th century weapons over possession of some remote islands. When it was over, Britain had regained lost honor, Argentina was politically devastated, and much of the world was left wondering what all the fuss was about.

In this stirring, impressively detailed account, London Evening Standard Correspondent Max Hastings and Economist Political Editor Simon Jenkins chronicle the gallantry and grotesqueness of a war that should never have been fought.

Once the British task force set sail,...

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