A disturbing book, this group of case histories drawn from W.P.A. experiences. It reveals the W.P.A. as a vast network of interlocking and diverging organization, badly integrated, badly operated, badly envisioned. The author, through the stories of more or less typical human beings, shows that there is terrific waste, not alone of effort and money, but of man power. The ultimate findings reveal a condition that is closer to relief than to work, unsatisfactory both for those outside and in. The concrete suggestion at the close is that it should be coordinated more closely with relief agencies and operated on the basis of need; or that it should be put on a straight industrial basis, and operated as private industry would be. It cannot be both and live.