This limiting title of Flanders' autobiography may be something of a misnomer--the eight years, starting at the age of 66, when he served Vermont as Senator, form only a short segment of his life. New to the political game, Flanders made a rather ineffectual Senator, as he admits with the good humor and candor that mark the entire book. Flanders, an educated man who never went to college, was a clever machine toolist who eventually married the daughter of a machine shop boss. His observations on his childhood, his climb to considerable but not awesome success in the business world, his happy family life, and the American scene around him make pleasant enough reading. As one of the first public officials to engage in head-on battle with the late Senator McCarthy, the mild Flanders was an independent mixture of liberalism (he strongly favored the Marshall Plan for foreign aid) and conservatism (he disapproved of the New Deal approach to economic problems)... Perhaps primarily for a regional market.