Books: Faith, Hope & Heroism

Through the bomb-bursts and ack-ack that once made Malta about the hottest spot this side of hell appeared an old familiar face last week. Its somewhat-forgotten owner was Major General John Hay Beith, better known to U.S. readers by his pen name: Ian Hay. Author Hay's The First Hundred Thousand was the biggest best-seller among World War I war books until Private Peat and Arthur Guy Empey's Over the Top went over the top.

Malta Epic (Appleton-Century; $3), Author Hay's first book about World War II, may or may not be a bestseller....

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