(This book launches a new non-fiction line, which is to consist of twenty five books a year, to be sold through the bookshops and advertised extensively through the Literary Digest). Oddly enough, in view of the fact that there are, so far as I know, no other English lives of Bertrand Du Guesclin, two are being published this spring, -- this one, and BERTRAND OF BRITTANY by Roger Vercel (Yale Press -- April). It's a rattling good yarn, and perfect for those readers who yearn for more stories of THE WHITE COMPANY and THE BLACK ARROW genre, historical material of the cloak-and-sword variety, and a background of the age of chivalry. The story of the almost legendary Constable of France, who rose to the highest honor in the land from the kitchen where his disappointed mother consigned him, makes good reading, -- adventure, romance, history in a period that supplies an ideal setting. The days of the 100 Years War, with Edward III on the English throne and the Black Prince seeking glory in arms, with the King of Navarre making trouble for many, with Charles the Wise on the throne of France, with the White Company drawing together vagrants into a formidable fighting force -- a grand and glorious company, and Bertrand of Brittany the most thrilling of them all. The story is told with gusto and color and a spirit of adventure which makes good reading for even the most hardened spirit. Good for men and boys alike.