THe BOAT (101 pp.)Walfer Gibson Houghfon Mifflin ($2.50).
The SURVIVORS (246 pp.)Ronald McKieBobbs-Merrill ($3).
After the decisive battles come the mop-ups; after the sagas of armies and divisions come the stories of death in lonely corners. The Survivors, by Ronald McKie, and The Boat, by Walter Gibson, have a minor historical importance in that they fill out the sorry tale of the Japanese conquest of the Netherlands East Indies in 1942; but the strength of both books lies in their accounts of how a few score men and women confronted death.
The survivors of Author McKie's title are ten men who went down with...