As memorable as Berlin Diary -- and the best journalist's story since that, which is high praise in view of the calibre of the competitors. In some ways more exciting reading, with its spirit of adventure; more challenging, with its realism and fearlessness (it is easy to see why he proved persona non grata to British brass hats); and -- on the whole -- better written. His was a perpetual Jeremiah role; he sought out the facts and battled for the truth -- in time. This is his story in detail -- again proving the old adage, that truth is stranger than fiction. From the struggle of the British in the Near East early in 1941, through the doom of the British in the Pacific:- he saw brave men at their best, and tells their stories superbly; he was on the Repulse when she sank; he told Lieutenant Chapple's undersea thriller to the world; his story of Captain Wheless' great air battle is a hair raiser. He does not hesitate to name names and air facts; he wants to show the reasons behind the events. Essentially a hard- boiled realist, he reveals a softer,human, almost sentimental side. Grand reading -- and with the promised big all-out backing of promotion and advertising, it should go places.