In tough, clear prose, Cornuelle excoriates the liberal and conservative programs in America. To him, the negation and inaction of the conservatives, and the increasing bureaucratization of the liberals, have provided ""cut rate versions of the American dream."" His panacea is the rediscovery of the independent sector, those private associations which once handled much of the business of the public world. Associations such as private welfare and church organizations, colleges and service groups, were in the past initiators of social change and development, but today they have abdicated their responsibility to big government. Mr. Cornuelle's faith is an overly simplistic and sanguine one, and although privately run community organizations have acquired increasing significance the elimination of poverty will still demand governmental intervention and expenditure. Besides, the independent sector has often proved to be a force for the status quo rather than for innovation... The book is written in a popular style, subordinating analysis to exhortations, and contributing little to an understanding of the American dream.