The automobile- ""a creation of a ton and a half of metal and glass and rubber and cloth"" -- is shown photo-journalistically from drawing board to assembly line, in a sleekly styled book with large helpful photographs. As the reader moves from the styling rooms where the potential of each automobile design is weighed, through the plant where sub-assemblies are stamped out, onto the test track and finally to the dealer's showroom, he encounters a host of statistics: River Rouge plant wears out 7000 mops a month; there are 2000 engineers in an average automobile factory, etc. The author underscores the indispensability of the automobile industry to the health of our economy. Perhaps this is a lopsided view -- we see the automobile industry only from the Ford viewpoint. The rivalry of the Big Three is never mentioned; yet it is a primary force in the unending improvement of automobile design. As a supplement to social studies curricula and an example of a leading manufacturer this rates high. With the number of automobile plants scattered about the country, it could serve to spark class visits to similar industrial plants. A valuable addition to the books on automobiles.