welcome, positive voice in the wilderness of nay-sayers on the foreign question, Mr. Rubin recognizes as did Paul Hoffman that the ""againsters are being heard much more than are heard the for's."" He is in sincere agreement with Adlai Stevenson's hope that ""we Americans will cease to be ashamed of generosity and magnanimity."" But this book is not simply a ""yes"" vote; it is a solid, thorough, and timely study of America's image as the country that ""helps others to help themselves,"" from the inception of that image nearly a century ago through UNRRA and the Marshall Plan to the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps. One especially helpful chapter, ""Who's Who in Foreign Aid,"" fills in the bewildering ""Parade of Initials"" and identifies the many programs and men who have administered them. Other sections assess the outstanding critics, the Clay Report, and the dedicated foes such as Rep. Otto (""the Terrible"") Passman. Considerable space goes to close-ups of the programs in action all around the world. Mr. Rubin calmly refutes sensational charges of waste and corruption and astutely analyzes the main source of dissension--that we expect too much too soon return for aid. A persuasive presentation that deserves a lively response.