Ring Lardner's son, sports columnist for the North America Newspaper Alliance and for Newsweek, was one of the first four correspondents to get to Australia after Pearl Harbor. And he puts all his special qualifications into the job, and turns out a colloquial, newey, human story, the first close-up picture of the Yanks in Australia that we have had. Men and boys will eat it up -- it's a natural, with no literary pretensions, and with all the details of off-duty occupations that give color and flavor. As a war picture, it doesn't rank with some of the others. But he hasn't been scooped. Australia becomes a real place as you read; and there are a lot of families who have boys over there who'll want this book.