The Chicago Daily News correspondent tells the story of the fall of Singapore -- but tells much more. This is not just another reporter's eye witness story. In fact, he errs in the opposite direction, keeping himself almost wholly out of the picture, as he presents a careful and thoughtful and searching analysis of Japanese strategy, of military operations, of causes and effects in a fairly comprehensive picture of the steps leading up to the fall of Singapore. I got as good a feeling of the people under fire as in anything I have read. And yet -- as I followed his flight from Ethiopia, where he was stationed, across half a world to the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, and read the grim record of defeat, it seemed ages back, a lost story. Perhaps the book comes either too late -- or too soon. Perhaps, for the average reader, the emphasis on strategy and procedure, the difficult place names, make it hard reading. It seems to me, for the moment, a book for special reference rather than general interest.