A well known management authority and author of several primers for upward bound executives, Uris here proclaims the death of the Organization Man and salutes his successor, the Self-Actualizing Man. According to him defecting from the Establishment is not the answer; dropping out is copping out. Far better to design an optimal work/living pattern tailored to your own desires, capabilities and priorities. When you boil it down to essentials, Uris is saying that taking home the biggest paycheck and striving to become president of the company is not the only acceptable goal for the all-American boy. Some people prefer jobs with less pressure and responsibility -- and that's OK. Uris suggests a detailed evaluation of your present job and how you feel about it, then outlines alternatives which may include looking elsewhere, trying to make your current work situation more flexible in terms of hours and schedules, working part-time and letting your wife do the same, etc. Your hobbies, your blood pressure, your desire to travel or stay put, your financial needs should all be factors in planning a satisfying career. Of course, all this presumes ""the favorable job market"" of the 1960's. It sounds very sensible, even idyllic, but Uris apparently hasn't heard that economically the squeeze is on.