YA Superior to the ``tell-all'' books like May Pang and Henry Edward's Loving John (Warner, 1983) and John Green's Dakota Days (St. Martin's Pr, 1983), Untold Tales was researched and written over a 5-year period during which DeWitt interviewed more than 50 people both here and abroad. More than a collection of facts, this book gives a sense of the Beatles as lads at school and in their early days as performers. Readers will feel their frustrations and triumphs. DeWitt shows the intellectual atmosphere of the clubs in which they began and how they influenced Lennon's writing. The Beatles' career is also viewed through the eyes of Melody Maker and New Musical Express, Britain's two major music journals. Basically, the book covers only a small segment of the Beatles' career, the early years, 1956-1963; thus, it is not as good an introduction as Philip Norman's Shout! (Warner, 1982) or Nicholas Schaffner's The Boys from Liverpool (Methuen, 1980). Yet this is an excellent, well-written book that sheds light on the ``Fab Four's'' beginnings and is sure to be enjoyed by Beatles enthusiasts. John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, Va.