This careful analysis of the politics of prostitution in the United States since the early 19th century demonstrates how American policy has swung radically from all-out campaigns against prostitution to sufferance of its existence. One constant has been the rejection of legalization and of official regulation. Hobson contends that the inability of American feminists to change the system is a direct result of their lack of political and economic power. Also included is a comparison of U.S. prostitution policy with approaches in Holland, Germany, and Sweden. One could wish for a less labored style. Still, a well-researched, detailed analysis, recommended for all women's studies collections. Sheila R. Herstein, City Coll. of CUNY Lib.