Books: Back to Earth

FALLING THROUGH SPACE—Richard Hillary—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.50).

"I had decided on the arm, and not the leg, in order to be spared the bother of shaving my new upper lip. We chose a piece of skin bounded on one side by a vaccination mark and on the other by the faint scar of what are now my upper lids." Thus in January 1941, back again in hospital four months after he had been brought down in flames, ex-Spitfire Fighter Hillary confronted his personal problem of post-war reconstruction. For Richard Hillary the war was over....

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