If it were not for its absurdly mincing style, this would be an interesting, if rather special book. It is the story of the Huguenot Emigration to North America, particularly into New England. And to give it a dramatic appeal, the historical episodes are strung along on the early life of Apollos Rivoire, the father of Paul Revere. An enormous amount of patient research has gone into this book; letters, news sheets, memoirs, diaries have been used and rather cunningly woven together to give local color. The whole forms a passionate plea for the contribution of the French Huguenot to early American culture; his strong Calvinism conjoined with French grace, courtesy, wit- as contrasted with the dour temper of the early English settlers; and above all- his great contribution to the handicraft arts. A background book which is self-defined as to market.