To understand what happens in a classroom one must understand both national and local attitudes and conditions. This is the thesis of this book and the author develops it admirably. He visited and investigated selected schools in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Massachusetts. He interviewed school officials, teachers and community leaders, and discussed issues from curriculum to politics in schools that werE as disparate as those in Newton, Massachusetts, where some classes are prepared by Harvard faculty, and those in Perry County, Kentucky, where poor education is the tragic result of poverty and politics. It is an alternately heartbreaking and inspiring account, from the shocking conditions of Negroes in schools in Chicago, to the exciting experimental schools of Jefferson County, Colorado. This is much more than a report on schools; it is a superbly researched and vigorously written account that will contribute greatly to an understanding of the attitudes and behavior of American society.