THE POLK CONSPIRACY
by Kati Marton
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
371 pages; $22.95
In the spring of 1948, the body of CBS correspondent George Polk washed up in Salonika bay, his hands and feet bound with rope, a bullet hole in the back of his head. The Greek pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the 34-year- old journalist found 3 lbs. of undigested lobster in his stomach.
The condemned man had eaten a hearty meal, perhaps even two. But who picked up the check? And who took him on a one-way boat ride? For 42 years circumstantial evidence and plain common...