Witness to War: Images From the Persian Gulf War From the Staff of the Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times/Times Mirror Co.: $16.95) has almost no text at all; it is a diary, consisting of pictures of the Los Angeles Times front page on each day of the war, accompanied by computer graphics, maps and photographs. The visuals are well done, but the treatment of the newspaper's principal product is strange to say the least. The back page of the book extols the "encyclopedic breadth as well as the reportorial depth" of The Times' coverage of the war, but we don't get to read any of it.
Eye of the Storm: Images of the Persian Gulf War by Knight Ridder Photographers, edited by Randy Miller and written by Gary Blonston (Knight Ridder: $14.95) and Sygma's "In the Eye of Desert Storm" are so complementary that a way should have been found to combine them. Operating under the infuriating combination of restrictions and access provided by the Defense Department's media pools, the Knight Ridder material is virtually all American. Sygma, excluded from U.S. pools, is heavily weighted toward the allies. Due in part to that novelty, I found Sygma's "In the Eye of Desert Storm" the more interesting.