The author is a man of many backgrounds (teaching, the FBI, the law) and a father of eight, but his book of ""cast iron suggestions"" on bringing up boys is nonetheless very flexible. And in giving the ""ABC's of child psychology and the XYZ's of parental survival"", he shows a sound literary heredity (Gesell, Spock, the Gluecks) as well as humor and solid sense. From the embryonic development to maturity-21, year by year, he indicates the likeliest patterns and problems of each, always keeping a weather eye on the storm signals which may lead to juvenile delinquency- particularly in adolescence when the criminal thrust is created in the ""multi-problem"" boy. There is general advice- don't beat him if he sneezes but spank him on occasion; closing chapters on specific problems -sex education, stealing, narcotics, liquor, as well as profiles of what a good mother should be and a good father. An overall orientation which many should find of real value.