An excellent anthology, subtitled U.S. Coast Guard Reader, with each piece a literary entity and individual experience, while collectively it mirrors the experiences of the nation's oldest sea force in four years of war and shows its versatility, its informality, its esprit de corps. The section sub-titles indicate the scope:- Hell Below Zero (Greenland and Iceland); Shore Duty, Off Shore, Battle of the Atlantic, Storming of the Beaches (both European and Pacific), Sea Bag. The stories are collected from various sources, -- magazines, newspapers, a few from books, from official records. Each section has editorial comment and transitional material weaving the parts into a whole. It is amazing the uniformity of crispness of style, essential drama, lack of heroics. First rate reading.