About fifty years ago America was awakened to social folly and corruption through a starting sort of journalism Teddy Roosevelt dubbed muckraking. Its practitioners, Lincoln Gleffens, Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair et al., almost overnight became household words. Now that editors Arthur Weinberg and his wife have amassed and illuminatingly annotated all those feather flying places, sophisticates, and the general citizen should most likely be even more started at finding how well, how movingly, sharply and deftly such 'old fashioned' do goodism roads in this cynical age. Through magazine articles from the extinct McClure's Everybody's and the old Cosmopolitan, we discover boss rule of a city, the Standard Oil Company and its trust war, Sinclair's sensational meat-packing tirade, child labor, tenement oppression, white slavery, bought votes, chain gangs, Southern bigotry, stock market , and of course Mark Sullivan's great unmasking of patent medicines and the ferocious advertising frauds of the press. The Muckrakers is a crackerjack collection of men and women who believed wrongs could be righted once humanity became aware. They offered no panaceas or programs; they simply exposed with courage and conviction. They make a book of popular historical appeal.