A three alarm book on fire goes into the early beginnings of same, the fires that have gutted property and murdered people in America. It shows how laws have mostly been post catastrophe as it describes the most sensational. The bulk of the book is devoted to the achievements and processes of insurance which has grown to protect homeowner and factory owner alike. The work of the adjuster, catastrophe relief, the Underwriters' Laboratory, Inc. and an insurance glossary are included. Safety rules, statistical data on fires, types and coverage of insurance, etc., are detailed in the many appendices. See the report on the next page on Fires and Fire-fighting by John V. Morris (Little, Brown)-for a collectors' item on the subject, with insurance incidental only.