The author of this book is a professor of psychology. He was formerly at the University of Redlands and is now at Los Angeles State College. He was asked by the United States Public Health Service to undertake a research project in drug addiction and criminality at Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary and for three years devoted himself to the study which forms the basis of the present book.
The book is written in seminarrative form. It is not a record of the research project, but is a "reminiscent impression of the humors, whimsies and tragedies" of his six convict assistants. It relates his winning the good will of the hardened and often vicious criminals, the obstacles he met, and the accomplishments. Although the names of the characters are fictitious, all the events he describes actually occurred. Just a few of these are the murder of a fellow convict under the very