A protracted, florid biography of the South, by a well-known sociologist, who attempts to explain a way of life, social, economic, historical, bi-racial, in socioanthropological terms. Mr. Odum records the development of the South, its folk ways of white supremacy, its historical and natural heritage, as the normal progression from primitive to cultured society. He considers the Southern way of life one of America's few indigenous cultures, and with due regard for the South's assets and liabilities, he proposes that the South be no longer regarded as a regional problem, but be extricated from its low standard of living through planned, Federal aid. A strangely amorphous, lyrical piece of scientific inquiry for Southern consumption. I question whether the average reader in other parts of the country would find it provocative of interest.