Offering an historical perspective on adult education with the theme that it has been an interest of mankind from the beginning of history, Hartley Grattan follows a quick glimpse at the Neolithic man, the Greek and Roman aspects, the depression of the Dark Ages, etc. with a fuller look at the British scene and a front view of the American one. The British policy is important to America as it is the basis of our own and also shows adult education at work in an industrial society. In America, from the ideas of education to their expression in such movements as Chautauqua, the Lyceum, the Woman's Clubs, agriculture courses, university extensions, there has been much action. The author points to a need for an education of depth, of furthering the institutions we have. He makes note of the perennial problems of adult education -- what it should entail, whom it should reach, and how and why. The gradual coordination of various groups and the views held today by the Ford Foundation, by the Adult Education Association which succeeded the AAEC in 1954, are recounted is a book dedicated to a significant aspect of our culture. However, there is nothing here to reach out to the general reader without a specific interest in the subject.