This is an important book. Remember the stir made by Middletown, that study of a typical (and anonymous) town in our own middle reaches, the study of a civilization in process of being. The Lynds have gone back to study their subject after ten years; they planned a supplementary chapter; they found another book. They have reconsidered certain statements and conclusions made in 1925; they have studied the effects on boom and depression and approaching prosperity; they have gone into the effects on the family life, the cultural life, the religious, moral, educational aspects, the social and economic aspects -- and they have presented their findings in a new challenge, the study of cultural conflicts, civilization at the crossroads, looking back, looking forward. An important book for all interested in our inner national being, in sociological and cultural problems. A book for the long haul. Should create demand for the earlier volume, and vice versa. Call to attention of study groups, clubs, public libraries.