The subtitle here, An Amazing Adventure that Made World History, is something of an exaggeration, but it does provide a fair forecast of the gee-whiz style in which this segment of an autobiography is told. Mr. Burman, a journalist and novelist of long standing, relives his one ""world scoop"" in these pages, and the reader cannot blame him too much if he becomes purple-prosaic now and then over his bygone glories. This is the account of ten months of hard travelling he and his wife experienced in 1941; he was the first American writer to visit and report the activities of De Gaulle's Free French, and his investigations took him through much of central and northern Africa and the Near East. He was also a witness to a scene which he claims marked the beginning of the Churchill-DeGaulle . But, unfortunately for anyone who is after facts, this volume is short on objective history and very, very long on personal reminiscence; there are some aluable brief sketches of little-known French patriots and behind-the-scenes occurrences, but invariably they have to take a back seat in favor of such subjects Mr. Burman's fear of tsetse flies or his wife's dietary peculiarities.