A creative job of selection and editing, this is an anthology of records of ""man's unconquerable spirit"". Mr. Adams, known for years as the editor of the N.Y. Times Book Review has brought together deathless reminders of the ways in which man can rise to sublime heights. From the Bible, from the classic historians, he silhouettes figures who still stand for incredible achievements. At times the pieces he has chosen compass ordeals both physical and spiritual -- as in Dunkirk and Bataan, in Powell's descent of the Colorado. For those who like tales of achievement.