For the person interested in the national backgrounds of public personalities on the American scene, this book is a good source of information. Representative contributions of various groups are categorized and document the unifying thesis that social performance is an index of national character and, since all groups, through their members, have proved themselves by performing in some socially beneficial way, everybody is equal- all groups are responsible for making America great. Mr. Maisel has compiled lists of Jews, Negroes, English, Dutch and others who have been outstanding in the fields of business, sports, government, entertainment and science and has commended these people for being optimum representatives of their particular group, for being first-class American citizens and for their manifest achievements. The inadequacies of such an approach need not be discussed here but they will not restrict the market. The chapters first appeared in The Reader's Digest and, now in a single volume, will continue to appeal in that marked direction.