The author, congressman from Texas, puts in writing what he calls ""an ordinary story of an ordinary man with ordinary ideas, hoping to solve at least a few elementary problems"" -- and it makes a most readable autobiography, with no varnish or fancy paint but with the color and style of a natural born story-teller. He covers his early days, forebears, attitude towards the past, his schooling, part in the war, job as tax collector and on to Congress. Most interesting, his handling of present day problems and his experiences with people with whom he has come in contact. Common sense and man in the street logic. A wide market, if it can be tapped, for it has the homespun quality that makes it vital, human, alive -- and the broader conceptions that give it value for current history and political readers. A book worth backing -- and it fills an unusual niche.