This book is almost too timely -- by which I mean that with the explosive - and exploding situation in Algeria making the headlines, as prophetic and disturbing a book as this is confusing. The story is built around Marty Richardson, overseas broadcaster, who is perhaps too outspoken to hold his job unchecked. Through his story one gets his somewhat ambivalent position regarding France's policy towards North Africa- and since he is based in Paris, this does not make for too friendly relations. A Washington Committee is making trouble for another correspondent- connected with IOAM, and Marty rigs the battle in his defense, adding more fuel to his own fire. And against this double-barrelled situation, Marty sets his strained romance with a Danish girl, who had thrown in her lot with the collaborators. Backstage 1955- but it might be today. The book is diffuse; the pages too often used for polemics; but it makes holding reading- and for many will help clarify some issues which are rife today.