Since its inception over a century ago, the University of Minnesota has been designed for mass education and also to interest itself within the needs of the community whether these needs were for agricultural experts or physicians. Mr. Gray's history of this institution has, consequently, its own natural and current interest. For the intramural structure, the processes of expansion and improved teaching, the types of students and citizens emerging from such a vast university have an unprecedented interest today. But Mr. Gray has not pressed the topical feature. His attention has centered on the record of the University for its own sake. How it came into being; the formation of the various departments; the threat of political influence; the task of raising funds; the individuals who framed and executed the broad policies of the college; the scientific and cultural leaders as well as the industrial magnates associated with the school; the creation of the extension program; the particular atmosphere of this university; the exigencies of education during wartime; and the alluring goals which lie ahead.... It is an impressive narrative by no means limited to pedagogues- or graduates, and of far greater general interest than Havighurst's The Miami Years in this new University Series (page 540). Mr. Gray has earned his ""A"".