Nevins has a faculty for selecting the incidents and details that make his subjects come alive. This life of Abram S. Hewitt, great ironmaster, Congressman, leader of the Democratic party, mayor of New York, is at the same time a mirror of the times, a live picture of forces at work. Peter Cooper, inventor, industrialist, idealist, makes a good foil. And in building these two characters, new facets of New York life in those days are brought to light. A big book -- both as to quality and quantity. And a book that should be of interest to students of American life, to men interested in that period of national development, in the men who helped mold our history, during the middle years of the last century. Important for public libraries.