This is an ambitious attempt to give to us a biography of St. Peter. The author is not primarily a biographer nor a historian, but a defender of the Catholic faith. Accordingly, he does not hesitate to read back into this biography the legends, traditions and dogmas which the Church has associated with St. Peter regarded as the first Vicar of Christ, the first head of the Roman Catholic Church. Admittedly, the book is filled with conjecture concerning the early life of Peter, his relations to the Christ and to the other apostles and his position in the Church. This would appeal only to Catholics, and not to Church historians among them, for the book is not scholarly. All that it does is to bring together into a loose narrative what history, tradition and doctrine teaches about St. Peter, filling in the very large gaps in our knowledge with the results of the author's own imagination, and his not inconsiderable knowledge of the backgrounds of the Bible story.