The number of young people attracted to Adlai Stevenson during his unsuccessful presidential campaigns and after attests to his special appeal for this age group. Mr. Severn presents an admiring biography that divides neatly into the personal facts of Stevenson's life and the public issues he debated or influenced. The first part of the book is given over to details of the boyhood and youngmanhood years and conforms to the known facts of Stevenson's private life. The book picks up steam when the national and international years are reached through the selective use of excerpts from the highly quotable Stevenson's speeches. As contemporary biographies go, this clarifies the man in the context of our times in an ordered chronology of events and without the overstatement or partisan persiflage so often encountered in biographies written especially for this age level.