A close textured portrait of a man and a city, Paul Revere and the city of Boston, from the simmering of trouble before the outbreak of Revolution to its aftermath. With phrasings from actual records, diaries, letters incorporated skilfully into the text, the result is a vividly colored pattern of the period, the times, the man, as patriot, husband and father, artisan. The assembly of factual material is amplified with Revere's probable activities, creating a semblance of full-costumed per, flesh and blood reality. One traces his French and Colonial heritage, his apprenticeship, marriage and political activities, his work in the Masonic Order, his business activities. It shows the generosity, the versatility, the invincibility of a man become legend, from early youth to serene old age, against the background of the ever-shifting political complexion of the city, as events piled up to the Revolution. Absorbing reading, dramatic, human, historical and patriotic interest. This was originally reported (10/1/41) for November publication; postponed as May BOM selection. We feel it is -- to late -- the outstandingbiography with an American subject of the season. H Forbes has need all her sense of character and story and her rare gift for authentic recreation of a period in a memorable biography of a fascinating figure.