This is the personal story of some of Doolittle's fliers who came down near Vladivostok for lack of gas- and were interned for over a year. A candid recital of their adventures and misadventures challenges the whole Communist system in its record of daily life. The Russians intimated they were given their best, but what is best in a land of unspeakable sanitary conditions, citizens in rags, starvation everywhere. They saw the Soviet system hidden from most eyes . Siberian cold added to their discomfort as they neared the end. Finally in a weird letter to Stalin, they asked to be moved South and were taken to warm Ashkabad near the Persian border and from there they escaped. A fine tale, authentic, honest -- if a bit naive- well-written. You won't forget the characters in a hurry. Nor will you forget the odoriferous details of their experience. It leaves an end impression of as good an anti-communist book as any we have seen.