Middle-aged Pat Watters, laid off unexpectedly from his job with the do-gooding Southern Regional Conference in Atlanta, found he was angry and decided there was a book in it if he interviewed other men in the same leaky boat. Not all the men he talked with in his unsettling age bracket in and around Atlanta were unemployed, but most of the others had gripes anyway. The result is a prolonged, middle-South, middle-aged male bull session, orchestrated by Watters' own subjective moods and adding up to pop sociology, scatter-shot style. We meet among others a small businessman enraged at bureaucracy, a Lebanese tavern owner-politician angered by limitations on campaign funding, several men laid-off from the mobile home industry, a ""phased-out"" real estate salesman, and colleagues of Watters, including a black leader committed to helping his people and a fed-up newspaper syndication salesman planning to take out Canadian citizenship. The reader is left to put it all together according to his own prejudices. See also The Inner Worm of the Middle-Aged Man, reviewed above.