Tremendously interesting study of one of the major figures in modern journalism. The subtitle:- The Making of a Revolutionary -- may discourage some readers who would find the book stimulating, exciting reading, wholly from the angle of human interest. Well born, raised in a background of class distinctions, educated in more or less ""effete"" surroundings (Morristown and Harvard), John Reed from childhood had a challenging mind, sensitive emotional reactions, a certain sort of social instability all of which made the ground ripe for a quick springing sympathy with Socialistic and radical groups. Mexico was his first real proving ground, though he had tried his wings in reporting certain strikes. The war revealed its unsavory side, and his resultant opinions of all wars made him a marked figure. Russia actually filled a comparatively brief epoch in a colorful career, but in his Russian experiences and their aftermath, was the culmination of his maturing spirit and intellect. Ideally handled, with just enough of the personality, and just enough of the psychological roots, and just enough of the place he filled and the things for which he came to stand. Modern in handling -- critical in judgment -- sympathetic in understanding. Don't sell only to your radical customers -- any liberal, open-minded person who likes vital biography will enjoy it as a commentary on certain phases of our modern heritage. One of the outstanding biographies of the season.