Here is one answer and a hopeful one- to the question as to what the new refugees are contributing to the country of their adoption. Our strength in the past is founded an refugees of all sorts what of our future? Martin Gumpert came here five years ago, so this is not a record of harrowing escape from Nazi terror. He has filled those years to the full, passed his medical examinations and is practising here; he has written other books (Heil Hunger propheside an eventual collapse of internal Germany from vmin lacks in reat foods). But this book is about the U.S., especially New York, as seen and experienced by a German refugee. As a doctor he feels the pulse of the people and places, as an author, he has the fortunate gift of expression. His understanding of all sorts, the poor and the rich, the strong and the weak, the Negro and the White, the young and the old, the artist and the artisan, the fascist and the liberal. And he shares his understanding with the reader. It is not a profound book-but in its very superficiality one gets a sense of future penetration, the gift the refugee will make to America. Possibility of Thomas Mann preface.