There are elements of greatness that make this book stand out:- originality of material, fearlessness of handling, excellent characterization, sympathy without sentimentality. Almost one might characterize it as a Little Man, What Now? of the American coal fields. The period in back in the days of struggling beginnings of workers' organizations, of mining towns that were mushroom growths of rude, comfortless cabins, of labor largely imported from English mines, because of the ignorance of the Americans as to methods and procedure; of coal wars and mine disasters and ruthlessness of encroaching capitalism. The book fails of greatness on two scores,--it is crudely written, uneven in quality, and it is frankly tinged with propaganda. Sell it as a fresh bit of Americana, a good story, dramatically told, a book with an indomitable spirit and a blend of pathos, realism and tenderness.