John Gunther is still unspoiled by success. He still writes with a modesty, almost a naivete, that is very winning. And the result is very enlightening for the average layman, for he does not assume too much knowledge, and gives his readers a sense of discovery at the same time he is discovering for himself. This book is out of the groove for him -- not another Inside book, but a personal experience story by one who professes himself an inexperienced war correspondent. So as he encounters each phase of a game that is old stuff to his mates, he writes about it -- all the minutiae of travel in different types of planes, all the mechanics of priorities, of air fields, of living quarters, of eating and drinking as altered by the war. He likes people -- and knows a great many -- and this, too, he shares with his readers in brisk pen portraits and longer profiles on the key military men of the Mediterranean area. His aim was to be in on the start of the invasion of Europe; he had a break, and was with ower on Malta and went over to Sicily in one of the early landings. In addition he visited various parts of Africa, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus -- and gives an interesting, fresh appraisal of conditions past and present, soundly reasoned. Good reading -- provocative espite the fact that it is not particularly newsworthy, I liked it immensely.