Retired diplomat Schaffer has written the first biography of his late colleague Bowles, governor of Connecticut, twice ambassador to India (appointed by Truman and Kennedy), and JFK's undersecretary of state. Bowles's legacy was his belief in the centrality of the Third World to U.S. interests, his commitment to Third World rural development, and an abiding liberal idealism. But Bowles's verbose style put off presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Dean Rusk, and others; he was frequently written off as naive; and, because he was not adept at bureaucratic politics, Bowles's concrete achievements were modest. In fact, through primary research and dozens of interviews, Schaffer has made such a competent case for Bowles as a marginal figure that one wonders who would wish to read the book. Recommended for libraries collecting intensively in the history of U.S. foreign relations.-- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.