Books: Green Hell

THE JUNGLE Is NEUTRAL (384 pp.)—F. Spencer Chapman—A/or/on ($3.75).

In May 1945, a British lieutenant colonel who had escaped from the Japanese and was hiding in a Malayan mangrove swamp, wrote a letter to the Japanese occupation governor. Would His Excellency be so good as to mail to London the Englishman's diaries, which had been taken from him by his former Jap captors?

Lieut. Colonel F. Spencer Chapman never got his diaries back, but what had happened to him in the Malay jungles was etched in his memory. His book, The Jungle Is Neutral, has...

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