Somehow this doesn't quite come off and yet the substance of it is sound, and the topics included are not too stereotyped. This is no prettied up self improvement guide, but a book on developing the techniques of successful living, on the basic assumption that you can be likable, successful, can develop initiative, make friends, learn how to be a social asset, make a place for yourself in your community, your job. The value of the book depends on how it is used. There are charts and questionnaires to aid in measuring your own rating. Perhaps what it lacks is the human touch that more human interest anecdotes would have given, and the light touch that would make it a bit more palatable.