The story of Casals' life has been competently transposed here, but the execution lacks the finesse of the virtuoso. The cellist is one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists, and is already recognized as one of the all time musical greats. Young musicians will undoubtedly be interested in reading about him, and should be pleased with the descriptions of his technical innovations, his ideas about music, and his approach to conducting. Equally emphasized here are his political activities -- his strong opposition to fascism and his support of republican Spain. His personality has been indicated mainly through excerpts from recent interviews. The result is a sturdy biography, written in the clear-cut style of a good reporter. It lacks, however, the special insight into the qualities that distinguish a great musician and the emotions provoked by the Spanish revolution.