Sure sale for the Coast, but elsewhere is certain to be compared with Julian Dana's The Man Who Built San Francisco (Macmillan) which had, perhaps, a wider appeal in its popular, fast-paced weaving of the dramatic story. This is a better book for those who know San Francisco and to whom the figures of those early days are familiar. But it's not as exciting reading as his own Saga of the Comstock Lode, to which it is a natural sequel. One feels that, perhapse, he has sacrificed objectivity to a personal admiration for Raiston, and that he builds the Sutro story to support his theory of Ralston's greatness. Be that as it may, the book is good reading, and has a chance for big local sales, and good sales nationally.