A comprehensive and rewarding picture of the Malayan situation deals with the many components of the war in specific terms. Mr. Miller at once follows the battle of the Communists and the Government to win the population chronologically and thematically. He begins with the 1948 proclamation of ""Emergency"" and carries it down the line to the end of General Templer's administration. The chief figures on either side emerge as part of the story of action and counteraction, and such incidents as Sir Henry Gurney's death by ambush are relegated to their status. Perhaps most informative are the facts and interpretations on the important Chinese, caught between fears of Red China and their Malayan homeland; the strategic use of the aborigines with whom the Communists can control the jungle and provide a longterm threat despite the resettlement of squatters and other measures that have cut off food supplies from the terrorists, whose new line is less terror and more urban movements. A newspaperman's report already published in Britain, this has an air of moderation and expertness that cannot fail to impress and enlighten.