Here is a definitive life of the woman who gave the best part of a century to the service of her fellow man, the woman who was responsible for building the Red Cross into our national life. Every available source -- contemporary and secondary -- has been tapped, and much of the material contained herein comes from Clara Barton's own material and from contemporary sources. Sometimes one feels that Dr. Williams could have made a more glamorous, a more personal, a more dramatic story if she had followed the device of the first section, that dealing with her childhood, and used more and total material, more dialogue. But, unquestionably, this is bound to be a reference book for facts pr and Clara Barton, her place in the international Red Cross, the long and record of the struggle to bring this country into the international set up, and the ups and downs of her own position in relation to the organization and to Washington. One third of the book covers her youth and the period including the Civil War; the last two thirds reveal a full career of service, in flood and fire and famine, in battle and behind the lines, wherever the Red Cross and the nursing service was needed. Not wholly a rose-colored picture of the woman. Her intense possessiveness, her undeviating concentration to the cause of duty, her occasional hypochondria, all are recognized, but she is shown as a woman whose greatness dominated the faults which grew out of it.