In 1791 the Insurance Company of North America was conceived. It was a time of national peril. Today it again is weathering the storm in a period of national peril. Marquis James has told the story of the USA through the biography of a company that grew from small beginnings in marine insurance, to a place comparable to Lloyds in covering every type of insurance but life insurance. It has played its pant in giving stability to the country when accidents have shaken it. It has grown through sound judgment of its directors, through integrity, through vision, through sufficient elasticity to meet challenge. Marquis James has done an admirable piece of research, inclusion and exclusion in tracing its history. Definitely a man's book.