A sequel to Private Papers of Private Purkey -- but somehow these don't bear the test of consolidation into book form. They are mildly funny, read as a daily column. They seem forced in their new form. Purkey takes a somewhat more serious tone towards life now that we are in the war, but he still philanders (letterwise) with the girls in the home town. One by one they desert -- to the Navy. He withholds military secrets, rather ostentatiously, but rambles along, talking about the men in the new army, the superficial hardships, etc. The delightful introduction by John Kieran is the best part of the book...So far we have yet to find another Dere Mable.