Akron is once again the subject of a study, this time a more work-manlike, analytical and unemotional approach than that in Ruth McKenney's Industrial Valley. The first part is given over to a personal and historical study of the city, its rise and growth from humble origin to one of the great industrial centers due to its entry into the rubber industry. But the author's main purpose is to study the relationship between certain attitudes and opinions and the elements-social, economic, industrial and spiritual -- that go to make up such a city. He uses a series of questions dealing with property rights and human rights as his test, and applies them to different groups. In conclusion he draws these assumptions. The well-to-do, the farmer, the rich man of position, the professional man, all lean toward emphasis on property rights; the labor group, the liberal, the radical, the unemployed, toward human rights. Not another Middletown, but a new technique and an interesting approach to the mind of a community.