The warm, though somewhat pedestrian biography of a New York lawyer of immigrant stock, records a life of service to his city,- as corporation counsel under La Guardia, as a magistrate. He writes of a youth of poverty, of closely knit family life on the East side, of hard-grinding education at N.Y.U. where he took his vow of devotion, of his idyllic marriage, of trips abroad, of budding interest in city politics, and of the practical steps towards his goal,- law school at night, and finally appointment to La Guardia's legal staff. The major part of the book follows, with a review of the tremendous, preposterous, tedious legal charges against which he had to defend the city. Then came the years of magistrate's court, highlighted with innumerable homey, human examples from years of experience. A book of dignity and a certain warmth. But one wonders if- outside the metropolitan circle interested in his story- it will be of more than medicare interest.