Best Sellers of the Week, Here and Elsewhere * 12
Books of the Times (by Orville Prescott, first-time contributor) 13-14
Notes on Books and Authors ** 14
* Quarterly feature to follow evolution of American reading habits. The Prodigal Woman, and The Robe, are doing well this quarter in the fiction category. See Here, Private Hargrove and They Were Expendable make most of the general lists. Here are the earlier lists. They are near the end of the post in each case.
** Random House has signed a contract with Richard Tregaskis for a book to be called Guadalcanal Diary. Tregaskis, a King Features representative, was in the party of first assault troops who landed on the island.
Even though the book is not finished you can still pre-order it on Amazon.
British advance in North Africa
Monday, November 16, 1942 www.onwar.com
British column advancing in the desert [photo at link]
In North Africa... The British 36th Division takes Djebel Abiod. Late in the day, they have reached nearly to Beja. A British paratroop battalion farther south takes Souk el Arba.
From London... Free French General de Gaulle announces he and his Free French supporters will not accept Admiral Darlan’s rule. Many of the British politicians have doubts about cooperating with a former member of the Vichy government. The Americans however, see nothing wrong with the arrangement.