Jane Fonda, George Wallace, Phyllis Schlafly, and John Glenn are the unlikely foursome represented in this collective biography. The author examines these four lives with an eye to the internal and external forces that propelled each toward success. Carroll never explains why he chose such seemingly disparate personalities. Yet somehow the book works, rendering a composite picture of America from 1958 to 1983. The important events and issues of those years (e.g., civil rights, the Vietnam War, abortion) are seen from four distinct vantage points. The book is arranged in chronological sections that treat the events in each person's life during each time period. Most of the information can be found elsewhere. Carroll's idea of reflecting the times in these brief biographies is interesting and so is the book, but only marginally. Terrill Brooks, Baker Jr. Coll. Lib., Flint, Mich.