This book will admirably supplement Hill's Desert War (P. 299) and Baker's Oil Blood and Sand (P. 302), as a former correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune traces the history of the Allied forces in the Middle East, through personal first hand experience up to December 7th, and thereafter by contact with others still on that front. He achieves the difficult task of justifying the policy of successive retreats as an effort to gain time for the Allies. He describes the efficient technique and equipment of the enemy, the handicap of British inadequacies and individual deeds of striking bravery. He acorns the armchair strategists who minimize the debt we owe the British and urge a second front before we are ready. The style is journalese direct and unadorned, and the content and form of the book will appeal to men rather than to women. However, there is so much practical analysis of the war, so many human touches and incidents, that any alert reader interested in strategy will find it interesting and illuminating reading. Excellent biographical sketches of important key figures, including Auchinleck, Wavell. On Gaulle, Glubb and some of the colorful eastern potentates. There is throughout an encouraging and reassuring note which we need at this time. An important and timely book, broad in scope and serious in tone.