As a young, idealistic Englishman, Lee journeyed to Spain in 1937 to help the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Now, more than 50 years later, this master of both prose and poetry (e.g., Selected Poems , Trafalgar Square, 1984) provides a stunning coming-of-age account that should attract a wide range of listeners, both young and old. Lee's descriptions of the harsh, frozen surroundings that he and his fellow soldiers contended with are conveyed with typical British understatement by reader Stephen Thorne. Thorne manages to handle Lee's beautifully restrained, lyrical prose with remarkable poise. Highly recommended for most biography collections.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''