A close examination of seven of the varied projects of the American Friends Service Committee which have taken them about the world over a period of some fifty years. The reader rebuilds a devastated France in 1917 with Edward Webster, starts the organization that becomes the National Association of Mental Health with Leon Edelstein, who served his World War II term as a C.O. in a mental hospital in Pennsylvania. Then there is Houlah Hurley, fighting the odds of illness and famine on the Volga in 1921; Ruth and Bill Simkin bringing new skills and work to the coal miners of West Virginia during the Depression: the integration of a work camp in Kentucky: the bringing of water (and the making of a community) to Teviston, California. Finally there is the experience of Werner Muller and the girl who became his wife as VISA volunteers in Africa. Werner has the last word: ""In my opinion, people really do care about each other. If you believe that, you will be all right anywhere."" That's about the size of it . For that friendly persuasion.