Flashback over fifty momentous years in America's economic and social history a period of spectacular growth and spiritual decay, according to Mr. Morris, who contmp that our faith in the future has been replaced by pessimism and skepticism, and loss of a sense of security. A half century masterfully brought into focus, as he parallels progress, our disillusionment. The first section sets the social stage,- the struggle for woman's suffrage, the sudden ascendancy to the heights of industrial kings and gamester chieftains. Next he takes much writers as Mark Twain, O'Henry, Jack London, Dre Lewis, Anderson, Hemingway -- their contribution to patterns of American thought; the theatre, and its contribution. Then come the bigwigs of American journalism -- and what the press does for the public mind. A final section involves American philosophers, such as James and Dewey and the pragmatic school. Interpretation of tides of social and intellectual forces. History in terms of period and men. Lloyd Morris is the author of The Rebellions Puritan and A Threshold in the Sun.