A grim, gripping novel of the Bonus Expeditionary Force, personalized by Lorry and Park and their small daughter who joined the 20,000 veterans and their families who marched on Washington in 1932, to collect the bonus which was not due until 1945 but which they needed then and needed desperately. Unemployed, hungry, hopeless, and helpless, they waited in makeshift shelters in a camp outside of Washington, their plight gnawing away at minds and bodies as it were an illness, and dissension within their ranks breaking down whatever collective strength they possessed. They waited for Congress to do something, but Congress finally voted down the bonus bill and adjourned. The troops were called out, and with ruthless brutality, got the B.E.F. out of the city. Lorry and Park's story, typical of many others, is handled with considerable warmth and feeling, giving the book an emotional as well as intellectual value. For a certain market- on the side of the angels.