An intimate account of the war and Occupation years in Japan brings home the sufferings and hardships of people under fire and in defeat. A Wellesley graduate, of '28, the author found she had returned to a country still under a matriarchy in family life, that her American education was a disadvantage, and her mother in law and step children leagued against her. The war accomplished the liberation of women, introduced a new social order which was furthered by American military government and the peace. There are stories of the wastelands left by bombings of Tokyo, of prostitution that flourished, of inflation and black marketing: she tells of her work as translator during the Major War Crimes trials and of what post war years brought to her family -- work, marriages and schooling for her step-children -- and of the adjustments to an overturned social system of the lure of Communism. A feminine approach to many subjects of interest to all women, this is an intelligent appraisal, of sympathy and value for a wide audience. Bring it to the attention of Wellesley graduates.