Keenan left Gary, Indiana, at an early age to spend 25 years in India with the Tata steel plant. He watched it expand until it became the 12th largest in the world, paralleling in its growth the industrial growth of India. This is a bluff biography of those years, with a concentration on the Tata works, operated by American executives, manned by German crews, then English, finally by natives as the personnel was gradually Indianized. Expansion and profits during the last war; labor problems; increased output -- and Tata viewed as a national asset. Here and there extraneous anecdotes of the peoples, of racing, of hunting, of a royal wedding, of missionaries, with a closing chapter on today, and the war, and the growing homogeneity of Indian interests. For man -- limited appeal.