This book has won enthusiastic praise across the water in the English press. We doubt so unanimous a eulogy here, perhaps because we know somewhat less of the grimness of the war in the air on the Western Front. But for all who have taken their part, or who followed closely the history of aerial warfare in the making, this is an essential book. A day-by-day reconstruction of the exaltation and the agonies, the pettiness and the largeness of vision, a life of cruel contrasts, as seen through one young flyer who fought, in his own soul, a growing terror. It is a novel in form, but it reads like a powerful re-creation of fact.