The Battle of Silence

by Vercors. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $5.95.

Under the name of Vercors, Jean Bruller wrote The Silence of the Sea, one of the first of the series of uncensored books published in France during World War II. He was also one of the principal organizers of the enterprise which printed and distributed virtually in the lap of the Nazi occupation force. His memories of those hazardous times are devoid of suspense and derring-do; for Vercors, the great adventures were ethical and intellectual. They are, therefore, still pertinent, for the questions of law, treason, patriotism, and pacifism which worried the editors of the Midnight Press are still with us.