Anyone who has heard Paul Douglas's spirited oratory in the Senate will be surprised by the pallid (somewhat plodding) language he uses now, speaking from the private sector. It's hardly a rousing book, though it is meant to rally support for Douglas's pet projects of economic and ethical reform, some of which he has been sponsoring for years. Specifically: tightening tax loopholes which favor the wealthy, saving the Western oil shale deposits for the public, legislating truth in ""lending,"" and elevating political ethics. Fully half the book is devoted to poverty problems including a statistical recapitulation of progress as well as programs for reform. Douglas, once an economist, supplies hard figures; currently, he sits on the National Commission on Urban Problems. In a sense, the book is an outline of the liberal position in the Senate during the past twenty years. Candid but not very invigorating, however informed on the important issues he has represented during the years in which he has ""defended the general interest.