Last Fall an article on Herbert Hoover in The Readers' Digest created such an avalanche of correspondence and inquiries as to when the book would come out, that Eugene Lyons expanded his material into this exceedingly interesting and revealing book about a man generally considered as rather colorless and uninspiring. He shows how calumny, vilification -- used as a political weapon -- have created in the public mind an untrue picture of a truly great man. An authoritative American success story- from son of an Iowa village blacksmith to a world renowned engineer, humanitarian, and President of the United States -- this book will find its market among those who nostalgically view Hoover as the symbol of the elder statesman. No politican, lacking in the dexterity, the mellowness that might have appealed to the public, Hoover was President at a period when nobody could have prevented disaster. This shows Hoover the boy, the youth, the man; a Western childhood, rooted in Quaker heritage; self-made, from the hard-won education, to his notable achievements in his chosen field, his career taking him around the world, a fortune won- and put in jeopardy when he chose the field of public service instead of continued professional success. A book that- in handling of the years in the White House- will counterbalance the presentation of that period in Schriftgiesser's This Was Normalcy.