Books: Ups And Downs FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE

by Samuel Hynes Frederic C. Beil/Naval Institute Press 272 pages; $16.95

Whenever possible, publishers like to send their books into the marketplace festooned with admiring quotations from familiar names. Hence this memoir, subtitled Reflections of a World War II Aviator, bears endorsements from the likes of James Dickey, Howard Nemerov, Russell Baker and Ted Williams. Ted Williams? Yes, indeed. And what does the "Splendid Splinter" have to say? "No matter what part of the service you were in as a young kid, you will relive many of the memories Sam Hynes has written about in this book." The sole problem with this recommendation is its exclusivity. In truth, Flights of Passage not...

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