Seeking isolation and solitude as a haven from ""civilization"", Smith bought farm near New York, in the late '30's, but seen found it necessary to make it a paying preposition. How he did it successfully; the mental and physical struggle of his search for a busy, satisfying and successful existence proves dull and lustreless reading. Most readable are the descriptions of several rehabilitation projects aimed at the farm and building, and the people who worked with him. These sections are of practical and instructive value, interspersed with personalized comment. But there are other- and better- books on the market- both ideologically and practically speaking (Kain's Five Acres and Independence and its successors, for instance).