The years since prohibition have witnessed a metamorphosis in the character of the underworld. Although most Americans are aware that a national crime syndicate exists, few realize the extent to which it has permeated our society. The Congressional hearings brought this vicious organization to the attention of the public, but as the number of public hearings diminished, the briefly aroused anger of the public waned. There is a need for a restatement of the continuing danger to our society in the continuance of widespread organized crime and corruption. This then is a timely book, and a book written by one well qualified to do so. Senator McClellan has given an adequate account of the nature of the enemy and has vividly described the types of operations they conduct. It is an up to-date and informative record. But the book remains a disappointment. It is unfortunate that the man who has spent so much of his time exposing national criminal activities should devote so little of his book to suggestions as to how the corruption might be countered.