One of the phrases in current overuse is ""the seminal mind."" David Lubin really had one. In whatever capacity he ever worked, Lubin either invented something essential or achieved an overview that allowed him to see the economic pattern and the ethical demands. Born in Poland to devout Jewish parents, Lubin came to this country when he was still a boy as the result of a series of pogroms. He and his parents lived in Manhattan and during the Civil War in which he was too young to fight, Lubin worked as a jeweler for a company that supplied sunglasses to Sherman's Army for the march and he perfected a mass production process. Gold strikes in the West pulled him out to the plains and desert country where he completed the process of growing up. Stopovers in Chicago and New York finished his business training and family necessity brought him back to California, where he was to have his greatest success against the sort of odds that only a prophet would attempt. His list of merchandising firsts makes this good business biography, but the fact that he late in life developed an interest in farming is what he is best remembered for. The country he had made his own did not agree with his proposals for a World Agriculture Bureau and he went to Italy where King Victor Emmanuel saw his point. Unfortunately, the author elides the information that this was never a success and goes right on to make the undeniable connection between Lubin's idea and the U.N.'s operative FAO. Nevertheless it is a far better than average juvenile biography employing fictional dialogue.