England's poet laureate has produced an almost coldly logical, unimpass- record of incredible daring and organization by which the B.E.F. was rescued from the beaches of Dunkk, under withering fine, cut off by German troops and blazing all tanks. There's a traint, an austerity, a sparcity of detail that makes the final impression almost unbearable in its impact. And yet, for me, the book fails to catch the emotions, the imagination, the appeal in wholly mental, almost mechanically impersonal. The tributes are to the vessela and their officers, as officers, not as men to the troops and their , not to men as individual human beings. One gets the pictures, but the pictures are sombre grays and blacks. An important record; an extraordinary story. But perhaps too ""British "" for the American palate, spoiled by the of diet. Includes five .