The billion-dollar-a-year ghostwriting industry attests to the fact that public and corporate officials seldom author the material that bears their names. With a paid staff approaching the 100 mark and access to scores of outside consultants, some cynics may infer that the busy junior Senator from New York has an acquaintance rather than a procreative connection with this book. Nevertheless, it carries a series of relatively enlightened messages, to many of which Kennedy has publicly subscribed on a number of occasions. The chapter on the Alliance for Progress reworks a memorable speech (written by several prominent scholars of Latin American affairs) that he made in 1966 on the Senate floor; it shows an uncommon awareness of the need for ""revolutionary evolution"" in the area. The chapter on Vietnam sounds more critical of administration policy than his past public statements... Kennedy is particularly bitter about the recent elections, which ""have given a paper veneer of respectability to a ruling group that survives by the strength of American arms."" The Senator's sympathy with young people and his energetic if often superficial efforts to deal with American poverty and race relations also come across in this readable, topical book, which will be taken up by skeptics and the above-mentioned cynics, as well as partisans and detractors.