Solidly interesting material -- instructive for those applying its interpretations to the omnipresent apprehension for the future hero, as the co-author of Middletown does a study on a period in England that marked a break with accepted concepts, laws, doctrines, and now approaches to changing problems. Throughout she stresses similarities with problems of our own, stressing the fact that changes in England precedes similar changes in this country by about 50 years. Here are the hows and whys of the changes, why they happened when they did, what particular forms they took, what part institutional or personal intermediaries played. Recorded are the trends -- the vitality of new ideas -- the dead ends. But the possibility of creation of a positiv condition of freedom is carefully traced in sharp factual accounting.