Here is an autobiography carved out of the blood and bone and sinews of our country's backbone, the story of a youth on a Delaware farm, of an education not too readily acquired, of the hard school of experience in the field of journalism -- and of the things done, the people known, the lessons learned along the way. The world knows the Mark Sullivan of the column in the Herald-Tribune. This is the man behind that column. Very little of the book deals with his current experiences. It is the story of his youth, the story of how he got where he is. Not a profound book, but a warmly human document of the making of an American.