Gray has lived through unreserved terror and tragedy since adolescence, with only a few breathing spaces, and herewith offers his inspiration to others as a way of keeping his own spirit intact. He was an active member of the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto at fourteen; survived the Treblinka concentration camp; fought in the Polish underground; soldiered in the Red Army, doing undercover work for Russia's NKVD secret police, and recently endured the deaths of his wife and four children in a California forest fire. Aside from making it as an American businessman, he also knows many other folks who have survived great tragedy. Gray apparently gets letters from around the world requesting personal advice on rising above depression and misfortune (he prints his address on the last page, should you need him). His humanitarian message is spelled out with occasional verve but more often in bland abstractions about will and spirit; many of the incidents he describes unfortunately lack incisiveness. Overmasticated uplift.