"War in its elemental human terms, always terrible, sometimes humorous, not always heroic, is seen in this story of adventure in the war zone." Such is the manner in which "Roadside Glimpses of the Great War," a new book by Arthur Sweetser '11, is characterized on the cover.
Mr. Sweetser went by bicycle from the Belgian border to Paris, a journey which he describes vivaciously, making real his many exciting experiences on the road. It is a vivid picture of the war, its ravages, and the men and women near it. As a story full of interest Mr. Sweetser's volume holds us to the last, for he seems to have put a good deal of his own charming personality into the tale, and we often feel that we are by his side. From the very first sentence, which begins: "Flash! snapped the telegraph operator--," we feel the thrill of the young journalist. As a sidelight on the history of the great European struggle, the book is also valuable. He deals with the trials and tribulations of the various peoples in a very sane and sympathetic manner. The book contains a number of illustrations, most of which show interesting documents collected by the author.
"Roadside Glimpses of the Great War" (MacMillan, $1.25) is interesting to Harvard undergraduates, not only because, it is the work of an alumnus, but also because is shows the reader some realistic snap-shots of the men in action.