Poverty is a loose strand in the gradually unravelling fabric of our whole society."" Thus Thomas Gladwin concludes his penetrating overview of the nature of poverty. Poverty is to be poor, to be despised, to be incompetent, to be powerless. Poverty in the 1960's is closely aligned with the civil rights struggle (""Subjectively it is almost impossible for a Negro living in the slums to distinguish between his poorness and his blackness""...""The goals of Black Power and the War on Poverty are virtually identical""). Despite our affluence, in part because of it and the now obvious extremes in our society, Gladwin sees our society as ""potentially as sick as it was in the 1930's."" In an increasingly automated, leisure society, his main hope for employment is the service industries, not only for the poor. This appears to be a temporizing measure in a society he feels needs as great change as it did thirty-five years ago. A thoughtful diagnosis; a tentative prescription.