First Edition. World War One era novel of the emotional development of George Thane. "A panorama of strong characters and thrilling action. George Thane groping toward beauty; Peggy, the dance-hall girl, who under the shadow of death dreamed of bright circus lights; the hard-boiled mother who wanted her daughter to call her 'sister' so she could date; Mugs O'toole, who fought his brother in the night for Bobbie's love; Dr. Zorn, 'with a face that never can repose', an idealistic chemist who hated war yet tried to invent an explosive to lift a battleship from the water". Near Fine but for soiling to top page edge, in Very Good dustjacket, small chips at spine ends.