This might be said to constitute an answer to Jonathan Daniels (see page 137) for here is a survey of what has been happening since the New England states woke up to their stagnation. Individual comebacks, groups that have done their own bootstrap pulling, the place of big business, farming, factories, the""playground"" industries, sidelights and explorations into these and other indications that the pioneer spirit is again at work, leavening the pessimism, attacking problems in a practical way. Americans all in an American way, solving individual and community questions. An optimistic book, showing that where something should be done. Something can be done. A challenge for communities elsewhere, so should have more than local interest. This grew out of the interest aroused by an article written by Stewart Holbrook in the Post, I think, and Holbrook has written an introduction.