A band of partisans ambushed a Nazi police squadron on a Roman street in March 1944, and in reprisal the Nazis slaughtered hundreds of Romans and left them to rot in the catacombs of Via Ardeatina. Robert Katz has written an hour-by-hour chronicle of the two harrowing days when this took place. It is based on careful, extensive research along with Katz's natural narrative abilities which intensify the documentary horror of what occurred. Katz's dramatic indictment of the role Pope Pius XII played in this sequence of events is bound to swing the public eye away from the core of his text which deals, essentially, with the tragic story of resistance to tyranny and the expensive price which men of courage pay. The market--more deserved than discernible.