Henry Bergh's life story is full of human interest -- for he was a benificent Lord Bountiful to friendless beasts first, and then to mistreated children. It took a bullfight in Spain to quicken the dormant humanitarian instincts within Bergh who had until then led a purposeless life. This book measures his achievements in two ways. For in telling his life story, the author describes conditions of cruelty to animals which seem extraordinary today. The practices narrated were taken for granted in Bergh's day, until he waged his life-long war to better the lot of beasts and birds. Alvin Harlow, whose other biographies include Andrew Carnegie, Bret Harte of the Old West, Joel Chandler Harris and The odore Roosevelt, varies accurate factuual reporting with colorful and humorous incidents to recreate the life of the man who founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His fame as protector of the downtrodden involved him in the defense of a mistreated child. Then his cause broadened to establish the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. A stirring and absorbing biography of a champion children will admire.