Miss Mayo's name on this book entitles one to expect a better piece of craftsmanship than the book reveals. It is a good story -- this incident which had far-reaching effects at the close of the war, and it reveals a country torn by inner dissension as confusing as Spain's today in the matter of allegiance and internal bitterness. The whole episode casts a new, and not complimentary light, on Washington. The manner of telling is highly stylized, with circumlocutions that make it awkward reading and that seem unjustified. And the story itself is fictionized to the extent of dialogue and interpretation so that it might be sold as historical fiction, I feel.