The autobiography of a mind, a mature, wholly adult mind -- a book for thoughtful, unhurried readers. M. Guerard is a Frenchman who owed much to England, to America in his development-and pays them tribute. He writes entertainingly, urbanely, of San Francisco, Texas, New York- and his own Paris, where a childhood on the Seine, is enchanting reading. Experiences in America, as instructor at Williams, at Rice Inst at Stanford, widens his horizon, and helps us- as it did him- to reaffirm the best in American democracy. Not a book to be read hastily- but rather to be savored, digested slowly; so rich, so concentrated, so rewarding it is.