This is the biography promised at the time the Selected Letters were published last season. The tremendous popularity of White's Autobiography indicates a continued interest in the Sage of Emporia, spokesman for grassroots America, symbol of the best the small town of the Mid-West affords. This is an intimate picture of White in relation to the forces he helped to mold and interpret; this is a vigorous panorama of the changing pattern of America against which White for many years was typical of the stand-pat Republican, and of which he rather slowly came to be known as a progressive, challenging the stranglehold of the industrial giants. Pungent phrase and emotional expression livens a text that is better than competent coverage, but not inspired. Johnson has written a good popular biography, not a great one.