A finely crafted piece of journalism, by the author of Battle of the Solomons and American Guerrilla in the Philippines, this celebrates the American industrial- social revolution with such enthusiasm it sometimes touches chords of real lyricism. It focuses on our ability to experiment, attack problems, change both nature and man. The fight to conquer Oklahoma's dust bowl is a most readable chapter. So are others on automation, engineering. From it all a hopeful theme emerges. For it is the author's conclusion that man will reach new dignity, freedom and social consciousness through this. But in typical Reader's Digest fashion (much of this appeared on those pages) the story beams with too much optimism, does not sufficiently consider the negative side of industrialism which other intelligent writers find so apparent today. Highly readable.