Known to radio fans, Burl Ives undoubtedly has done a good deal towards popularizing folk music of America. Here he tells his own story (we could wish he'd had a ghost). The material is there, but the poor writing makes dull reading. Here is a life devoted to collecting folk songs, and adapting them to his needs. Born in southern Illinois, he went through school and started college, but the lure of the road and people was too strong and he started out to hear and sing the songs of the people. For living expenses he did odd jobs, and even got paid a negligible fee for singing. Then he reached New York, and while living in International House took lessons and got breaks in some shows, and finally, after years of hard work, got his spot in radio. Whittlesey's lead book, so it is promised generous promotion. Perhaps I'm wrong- but I can't feel convinced that the radio fan is a good reading public for this autobiography.