A readable summing up of a great career, though at times one feels the anecdotal handling of the family circle and friends is somewhat bland for so vigorous a subject. Thanks to the accessibility of material since his death, Roosevelt's story is already part of history, and this author had available more than did Rita Kleeman for her Young Franklin Roosevelt (Messner 1946) and Alden Hatch for his Franklin Roosevelt (Holt). She has used it competently, though her book is less distinguished writing than either of these mentioned. His personal as well as his public life is given full attention. His tremendous vitality, versatility and courage are evident from his youthful exploits, triumphs and hobbies, through his school years at Groton and Harvard, his first ventures into public life as a State Senator, successive steps to the Presidency, his part in national and global policies, his last years.