The name of Ida Tarbell stands for far more than the sales of her books indicate. She has stood courageously for independent and liberal thought and action, she has been fearless in her approach to life. This autobiography is the record of one of our great women leaders, and as such should be read by all interested in women's achievements, by club groups, by anyone who appreciates a straightforward, singularly objective record of a full life. At 80 she is still at work -- and she looks back over the record. Her ambition had been to be a biologist, but she needed to support herself, and chance led her into the profession of writing, through working on a Chautauqua publication. Her greatest claim to fame came through her investigation of the Standard Oil Company, and she was the first of the ""debunking school"" of biographers, not because she was a reformer, but because she wanted the truth. An inspiring book.