This is a beautiful piece of book making, and the reproductions of Olin Dows' paintings of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, and various facets of Franklin Roosevelt's life in his beloved home, have been faithfully conveyed to give the quality of the originals, in so far as possible. To anyone who has visited Hyde Park, this serves as a recall, a record of a way of life, that of the well-to-do country gentleman, living in comfort, without ostentation, and in the manner of the early, rather than the late 19th century. The text is informal, drawn in part of letters and records, connected into a chronology of Roosevelt's home life above the Hudson. There is no particular distinction to the writing -- it seems almost that of an amateur. But there is a certain rounding of the portr we know, a filling in of personal and anecdotal material, a feel of the community life, and of the life of a boy growing up among the things he loved, developing hobbies that he favored through his life, and growing into maturity and stature. There are digressions, as when he writes of local architecture. There is no attempt to measure values. It is simply the chronicle of a lifelong neighbor and friend.