A magnificent story, measuring up to the high praise its publishers give it. No need to hesitate to gamble, for the book has what it takes:- a powerful and moving story, an relentless honesty of character portrayal, an American background for the building of a great armament industry, and a grasp of the chronicle of a family which makes its minor characters almost as vivid as the group of major characters which dominate the story. The pace is extraordinarily well sustained, as it follows the ruthlessness current in successive generations; at no point does the interest sag, the story loss, momentum, and that in spite of the introduction of sub plots, which, in the hands of the author fit skilfully into the larger pattern. This is no revamping of an actual family history, but a fitting into the facts of the ment industry, with all its fications, and into the changing social and economic and political background, a story of a career, molded by amb which must be fed, regardless of what falls before its ruthless scythe. The roots go back to England and France, 100 years ago. The story carries through the century, and leaves one with a feeling that, while complete in itself, there is another story to be ld. The book should have tremendous appeal to men, without sacrificing its inte for women readers. You've got a book -- booked by a substantial advertising and otion program. Don't miss the boat.