The second in the trilogy about the Gabrielson family, the first -- The Land Is Large -- dealing with the emigration of the Russian patriarch, David, to Mississippi. This volume is the story of Joseph who leaves the family fold, aggressive, opportunistic, a dirty-dealer intent on making millions and then buying himself into the governorship through the K.K.K. He represents the tyranny and ruthlessness his father had fled from in Russia. But his success is one-sided, as financial power fails to buy him political fame or personal happiness, and his last years involve a succession of frustrations. Genuine, solid portraiture and backdrop, but never holding reading. Limited market.