From his start with the Bombay Burma Trading Corporation in 1920, the author reveals what he has learned of elephants from that day to this, as he worked with them in transporting teak and in the Army during the past war. How they are trained, what they are like when they are sick, their courting, their babies, and their unusual intelligence are all described in fascinating detail. There are stories of wily oozies (the elephant's permanent rider), of dacoits (the Burmese robbers), of jungle life and wild beasts, and of the problems of elephant management. There's an exciting march during the war when one elephant proved a hero, there are explanations of savage elephants, bright elephants and elephants in ""musth"" -- and the whole gives a vivid picture of out-of-the-way life for the stay-at-home who wants colorful reading. Part of this appeared in The New Yorker; Cosmopolitan will print an 8,000 word excerpt before publication.