Books: The Art of Not Dying

THe BOAT (101 pp.)—Walfer Gibson —Houghfon Mifflin ($2.50).

The SURVIVORS (246 pp.)—Ronald McKie—Bobbs-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...

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