Personnel experience, down a different alley. Small sidelights on the Javanese debasic which is partly commentary, partly an adventurous account of escape in a sailbest. The helplessness of Java was obvious to him from the start, what with the lack of men and material, the insufficient re-enforcements of American troops, the subsequent results of Japanese occupation. He traces the maltreatment of natives, of white prisoners, the propagandist slogans in which no one believed. Young and resourceful, van der Grift determined to make a getaway; he located two youths to go with him, found one of the few non-scuttled boats (only to have it taken from under his nose by the Japanese), and finally located a cutter, laid in supplies, navigated past countries and patrol boats, and hit out to the Indian sea. His companions knew nothing of sailing, and they went through four days of storm, the loss of mass and canvas, but finally made safe harbor on the island of Rodrigues which was under English protection, Not important-but readable.