This is a compliation of human interest stories, personal records, the story of the bombing of the airfields, of Pearl Harbor, of bravery and heroism and cool control under incredibly awful conditions, of indifference to danger and determination to get back at the dastardly betrayers, of the wounded, and their rescuers, of the hospitals and the professional and volunteer units that brought some degree of order and reconstruction out of the chaos. There is a chapter on the Japanese colony -- but not a diatribe against fifth columnists and saboteurs, of which he has little to say. There is no word of criticism of the conditions that brought about the state of unreadiness. This is story-challenge-journalese, inherently dramatic. Its value is its immediacy -- not its literary quality.