Robert Kennedy has put together a catalogue of his 1962 30,000 mile world tour, made up of travel notes, speeches and the transcript of tape recordings of student question-and-answer exchanges. This is a terse, forthright presentation of Mr. Kennedy's impressions of the people and nations he visited, with occasional humor and personal marginalia. There are several pocket-sized profiles of the world, leaders he met, including Prime Minister Ikeda of Japan, President Sukarno of Indonesia, Mayor Willy Brandt and Chancellor Adenauer of Germany, and France's De Gaulle. On less formal occasions, he is both host and guest of university students, labor leaders and Communist hecklers. Transcripts of these touch-and-go sessions are the backbone of the book and reveal the mind and feelings of the people along Mr. Kennedy's route far more than the state meetings with major political figures. From the record this book gives, Mr. Kennedy handles himself, the prestige of the United States, as well as many , loaded questions with tact and honesty. In the final chapter he summarizes his impression of America's image, distorted or clear, in both East and West, and what changes he feels can and must be made.