A son writes of his father, the eminent Oriental scholar, historian, archaeologist, explorer, in warm-hearted terms, revealing the stature of the man and his work. From a boyhood on the Illinois prairies, where he started with no advantages of background, lineage, opportunity, through a record of disappointments, struggles, setbacks, until he became an authority in his field. He tells of the acquisition of equipment for his chosen field, of study for the ministry, of the first reaching towards Egyptology, of long years of travel, teaching and lecturing, of his writings and the realization of his dream. The portrait of an American scientist, with enough of the man and his personal relations to add an unaffected distinction. Important in a somewhat limited field, but more interesting reading than one might expect.