...the answer is yes, and the book could be a factor in the survival of those courageous souls who take everything they have and borrow more to start out in the high casualty area of the small enterprise. Every four years, the politicians arise in both parties to proclaim the small business man as the backbone of the American economy and the repository of American virtue and energy. Senator Proxmire is one of the few whose concern outlasts the campaign oratory. He is chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee, a position that keeps him uniquely aware of the figures, facts and stories behind the successes and failures among small businessmen. The Senator is not the first to suggest that it takes more to survive than virtue and energy, but he brings a brisk prose style and a brief, thorough approach that is not common in business books. After outlining such problems as capital, competition, records, and personnel, he describes how the government can help and is helping; what government pamphlets are available; and what legislative remedies may or may not be possible. Intelligent discussion, encouraging advice.