These essays are the result of a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Religious and Social Studies. The thirteen authors vary widely in roles, experience, and skill in putting forth their ideas, but all are united by their commitment to the opinion that poverty, national or worldwide, both can and must be eradicated. Ways and means are another matter. With 135 pages in toto, and each commentator granted no more than a dozen pages, the emphasis is on diagnosis, although some contributors have managed to be constructively original as well. Every major aspect of the problem receives some attention. Of special interest, perhaps, are Robert A. Dentler's ""The Educator and the Child of Poverty,"" David Moynihan's ""New Institutions for Needs Old and New,"" Rosa Estades' ""Illumination of the Problems from Puerto Rico."" But all the articles offer some insight or information, and the book as a whole would serve as a fine introduction for the seriously interested general reader.