This memoir of A.E. Hotchner's World War II experiences explores a different side of the troubled war years. Hotchner, who grew up in St Louis, was a rookie lawyer, fresh out of Washington University Law School whenthe USA declared war. Like many others of his generation, he aspired to serve his country. He tried to enter the naval flyer programme adn the navy V-12 programme, but was rejected by both due to failed physicals (poor depth perception and flat feet). Eventually though, he was able to enlist in the air force branch of the United States Army. There he served with the Anti-Submarine Command, emerging four years later a a major.