Aside from their historical importance, Field Marshal Alexander's memoirs will have a great interest for Americans Britons and Poles who served in Italy. This is not said to limit interest, but to say what is obvious to any veteran of the Italian campaign should he see this book. There was a time when the events in this volume were the most significant acts by men on earth. As presented by Alexander, they still are as fascinating (if not immediate) as any war memoirs current. It is almost unbelievable how many living people will be not only interested but gripped by this book because it is their own history. The outline of Alexander's work, when he was commanding strategist in North Africa and during the Italian sweep, reveals a glissando of glory. Yet Alexander keeps his memoirs sedulously at a tactical level--he is not out to demonstrate the Allies' heroism, and even takes pleasure in commending the fighting beauty of the German soldiers. Especially interesting are the incidental portraits of Churchill, Eisenhower, Patton, Rommell Stillwell and King George, VI.