A human book on housing"" written out of the author's experience as Tenement House Commissioner and Chairman of the Housing Authority in New York City. He builds up an indictment of government and industry to provide decent and adequate shelter, showing how unsound economically has been the policy of industry and the lack of law enforcement. The book concerns itself with urban and primarily multiple family housing, and largely with public and subsidized housing. Within these limits it is comprehensible, realistic, challenging. He despairs of results from private enterprise and concludes with a provocative solution that housing be regarded as a public utility in the direction of large-scale rental, investment developments, more or less regulated by government. The only alternative is a trend to the left, government ownership and control. Written in lucid style readily understood by the laymen, but based on thorough knowledge of the practical, historical and technical aspects of the subject. Of vital interest to social workers interested in housing problems, and to anyone whose concern is directly or indirectly involved with the problem.