It would seem almost impossible to take the life of a man of world-wide fame, complex character and personality, with such varied genius, condense it into a readable, satisfying biography for young people and retain the flavor of the man himself and the facts of his extraordinary career. Yet this has been done -- and a very creditable job it is. From his birth and sickly childhood, through his schooling, his attainments in music, in science, in scholarship, to his monumental work in Africa, the book reaches the present with his trip to America for the Goethe celebration in Aspen. Throughout the text, the biographer has used quotations from Schweitzer's own writings, and treated his material at an adult level. Though of necessity he has skimmed the surface of the many faceted life, the whole gives a challenging picture of the man and what he stands for, which should lead on to further interest in his work and writings.