Olive Clapper, the wife of Ray Clapper, the Scrippu-Howard columnist who was killed during the war, has written an overlong and badly organized account of her life. This is a pity, because there are interesting moments in her book, which the reader may be too discouraged to find. Mrs. Clapper came from poverty and obscurity in Kansas to comparative affluence and importance as the wife of a leading newspaperman in Washington, D.C. She accompanied her husband on a much spied-on trip to Russia and Poland just before the war and she witnessed presidential campaigns over forty years as an insider. In her sudden widowhood, she wrestled with the problems of readjustment, and finally found a new direction for her life in her work and worldwide travel for CARE. Informal and uninhibited, Mrs. Clapper has never lost her Kansas simplicity; yet her story reveals a person of strong convictions and an unusual concern for people.