There will be a definite interest in the Jewish market in this book which has won the Edwin Wolf Award for the best novel of Jewish interest. But actually the market should be wider than that, for the novel stands on its own rights as a first-rate piece of work. Left-wing, perhaps, but rather from the angle of sympathetic presentation of the subject than any propaganda. The story of the twisted life of a Jewish immigrant who sacrifices his own (and his wife's) ambitions for success to devote everything to the organization of the needle workers in Chicago, at the very beginnings of the history of unionization in America. Ultimately, though he has faced failure and disillusionment, in his ideals and in his personal life, he feels that he has accomplished something in laying the groundwork for future struggle -- and success. The story is told with a sympathetic understanding of a spirit revolting at the horrors he encounters in working conditions, and it affords a tender and intimate picture of the family life of a struggling Jewish family.