Van Passen has written an introductory salvo to the Russian idealism and determination, and puts himself on record as stating that the Russians cannot be beaten. This is dramatically substantiated by Poliakov's diary of guerilla skirmish, in which not only the spirit of the entire fighting and an civilian population is evidenced, but also the ingenuity, the cunning, the unfailing humor. Poliskov records the actions of one guerilla unit, their sorties against parachutists, tanks, dive bombers, spies. There are some grand yarns, the misdirection and misrouting of an enemy tank unit; the squeeze, through two parallel enemy columns which they set to firing against each other; the ""nomads"" with their wandering guns, who established fake batteries at which the Nazis discharged their ammunition. Ungarnished, unaffected, bare reporting of heroic resistance and playful outwitting, this has the pace and excitement of fiction and the mark of authenticity. Dutton reports great advance interest and is puting everything behind it.