The characters here portrayed- Mann's Tamor, De Lacretelle's Silberman, Galsworthy's DeLevis, Maugham's George Bland -- are chosen it would seem because of their values as truly delineated Jewish characters, neither ""good"" Jews nor ""bad"" Jews, authentic and recognizable. These characters are generally of the group labeled ""assimilationist"" -- patterned after actual people the authors would have had contact with. However the purpose in selecting and presenting these particular examples seems vague, and despite the inherent interest of the selections themselves, the book fails to provide any adequate reason for being. An introduction and individual critical commentary of each selection by Lewisohn focus attention on the purpose of the choice, but the readability depends on the value of the individual excerpts. The selection of the book by the Jewish Publication Society and the B'Nai B'Rith Hillel Foundations will give some impetus.