A wonderful book for the wonderful world- for this from the layman's point of view presents him with a splendid description of insect life and its ramifications on earth. Lively and untechnical throughout, the text covers a multitude of subjects in a way that we'd bet would make even the uninterested enjoy it. With emphasis on what different insects do and how their lives and habits affect ours, Mr. Gaul starts off with a stimulating introduction about insects through history, cultural influences and their classification into orders and species. Only a few topics of many other detailed chapters are; species characteristics, body and life cycle systems, instincts, insect illnesses, the illnesses they give us, their profound influence on business, efforts in pest control and the remarkable similarity between human and insect relation- ships to crude plant life. The method is to lead and to interest by well ordered comparisons and contrasts rather than a play by play explanation of scientific phenomena, and the forty-three plates of well known insects are excellent. A fine volume.