Plain, outspoken, dramatic record which may catch on, this story of which Mr. Roosevelt said:- ""Don't hold anything back"". It is the story of the physical and economic rape of the English Crown Colony, Hong Kong, of wanton cruelty, savagery, as the Japanese took over the surrendered city. Marsman, Dutch-born United States citizen of the Philippines, on business in Hong Kong, lived through the siege and fall. He writes of attack from without -- and from fifth columnist snipers within; of civilian confusion, cowardice and bravery; of the organization of the hotel where he was staying, of shelter given to hundreds of refugees; of surrender and imprisonment, and escape disguised as a Chinese. Through the help of the Chinese underground, he eventually made his way to the mainland and inland to freedom. Not inspired but good reading.