In actuality, a biography of New York City, wherein the author with ingenuity and humor depicts the New York he has seen and understood, never unduly enthusiastic or, on the other hand, hypercritical. There is an interesting bird's-eye-view of the city as a whole as well as the sections devoted to various nationalities and groups such as Harlem, Chinatown, Greenwich Village. The life and customs of the inhabitants of different classes are scattered throughout, and although he deals primarily with present day life, he inserts background material on 18th and 19th century New York. There are absorbing sidelights on the skyscrapers and their history, modern art, the Metropolitan Opera House and its singers, but he omits entirely the more sensational aspects of the city, Broadway, night clubs, etc. Engrossing reading as well as revealing.