This book, by a famous, much-decorated Australian general who commanded His Majesty's Burma Corps in 1942, immediately ranks as one of the better histories to me out of World War II. Sent from Persia to fight the Japanese in 1942, Slim endured bombings, pnic, military failures, and a constant retreat to the borders of India itself, as he kept a victorious Japanese military machine at boy. He tells his story with wit, grace, and clarity--and he tells it far better than would a proficient professional writer hired to tell it for him. His story continues as he marshals forces is , gains American support, then begins the long, arduous march back into Burma in 194 which ended with elimination of the enemy there by 1945. A careful military analysis ends the volume, which the reader will have journeyed through with maximum interest and sympathy. First rate.