Books: Intelligence Report

THE MENACING SUN—Mona Gardner —Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

One bomby Sunday afternoon, Mona Gardner sat in a Shanghai park talking Chinese poetry during a Japanese air raid. Outside, Soochow Lane was jampacked with coolies toting vegetables to Shanghai's International Settlement, and fugitives toting babies, bedding, household goods to safety. Neither vegetables nor babies arrived. Suddenly a light bomber roared a hundred feet overhead, its machine gun working—then two more. Because the simplest horror is the most stunning—automatically "our feet take us" to look at heaped bodies on the road, on the barbed-wire barricades, or...

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