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The Bonus Army By Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen (Walker & Co., 370 pages, $27) At its utmost strength, it numbered 45,000 men. An integrated gathering of World War I veterans, the so-called Bonus Army marched on the nation’s capital to press for a cash bonus promised them for their wartime service years earlier. The throng encamped in shantytowns for months and proved a public embarrassment for then-President Herbert Hoover and his administration. In July 1932, troops under the command of Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur evicted the protesters, prompting presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt to opine to an adviser, “This will elect me.” Dickson and Allen’s book unwinds the all-but-forgotten saga of the ordinary men who helped bring forth one of the most important pieces of social legislation in American history — the G.I. Bill of Rights. • Enemy of My Enemy By Allan Topol (Onyx, 435 pages, $7.99) When Covington & Burling D.C. partner Allan Topol isn’t attending to his international environmental law practice, he’s a paperback writer. With three soft-cover thrillers — Spy Dance, Dark Ambition, and Conspiracy — already to his credit, Topol now brings forth his fourth: Enemy of My Enemy. When a downed American pilot becomes a pawn in a deadly game orchestrated by a Syrian general who is plotting to make his country a nuclear power and to defeat both Israel and the United States, covert agent Jack Cole is the free world’s only hope. And if that sounds like too great a weight to place on anyone’s shoulders, Topol writes of his hero, “When Jack was younger, he often found a way to do things that people told him weren’t attainable. . . . Sheer grit and determination were two of Jack’s main characteristics.” • Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs (Vault Inc., 1,319 pages, $39.95) Developed jointly by Vault Inc., a media company for career information, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the 2005 guide strives “to provide law students and lawyers with the essential objective information necessary to meaningfully evaluate . . . the diversity initiatives and programs” at 150 major law firms. The guide provides profiles of the firms; statistics on the number of minorities and women at each level — partner, nonequity partner, and associate — for each firm; information on women and minorities heading practice areas or offices at each firm; and firm descriptions of initiatives for diversity recruiting and mentoring.

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