This is a surprise package Particularly, to any reader inclined -- in advance -- to accept Tom Girdler as the epitome of reaction in the labor situation, and to question any possible interest in his success story. But even for those readers, this is an exceedingly interesting and revealing reading. Girdler has been widely attacked for his stand against unions. This is not, primarily, a defense of his position, but it emerges as a defense and a good one. It is the story of a self-made man, from early days in his father's cement plant in Indiana, through learning the steel industry from the ground up, to his phenomenal success and the achieving the leadership in Republic Steel and Consolidated Aircraft. Girdler, in these pages, emerges as more than a typical successful industrialist. He is an intelligent, resourceful, inquisitive, hard-driving executive, with a rare ability to pick men and manage them. This is a modern Horatio Alger story, but it is also the story of the growth of companies today making their contribution to the war. The ugly battle between ""Little Steel"" and John Lewis and the C.I.O. may have new significance now that Lewis has become anathema and Girdler a leader and agent of victory. Business men will be the natural market for this book, but plenty of other people should override the prejudices and read it.