Thoroughly readable account of the famous Mexican mural artist, written by a close personal friend. The childhood of genius, study in Europe, recognition in Mexico and belated search for a style and medium which he found at 36. Paris and women. The launching of the storm with his first Mexican commission, and its culmination in the Rockefeller fiasco. Abortive trip to Russia and his work for the Communists in Mexico. His program for art education. His creative future. His three women provide sidelights on the painter and the man, while details of his working day show a character incapable of reserving his energies. Plenty of personal tidbits make the man live and the discussion of the influences in his life seem authoritative. Colorful -- contemporary material well handled -- interesting as vigorous biography beyond art angle.