The subjects of Men of WWII: Fighting Men at Ease (Harry N. Abrams, $35), are clean-cut U.S. recruits off the battlefield — hanging in barracks, biding time awaiting orders, gaming and clowning, shaving and bathing (a lot of the images discretely show guys in the buff). Originally shot for patriotic publications and later culled from the National Archives, these images project a little-seen side of the soldiers' day-to-day world, full of tedium, whimsy, and recreation. Similarly, a new book of Edward Qunn's photographs, Riviera Cocktail (teNeues, $95), offers candid shots of trendy celebs of the 1950s, from sex symbols like Brigette Bardot and Sophia Loren to creators like Alfred Hitchcock and Pablo Picasso. Together, the collections revisit the the double-sided coin of reality and diversion. It seems like both sides of the coin were shinier back then — but is that really true?