Working consistently for more than four decades, Herman fronted commercially successful bands whose artistic integrity earned them the respect of the very best jazz musicians of three generations. Many of these players passed through one or another of ``Herman's Herds,'' and their voices are heard in this thoroughly enjoyable telling of Herman's life, interspersed with the voice of Woody himself, his friends, and his managers. Most of the memories are good ones and when they aren't, the facts are presented without undue dramatizing. Woody's considerable trouble with the IRS is treated without bitterness or harsh judgment, and we learn that when his wife developed a problem with pills and alcohol he came off the road for seven months to be with her. Readers will come away from this portrait with a sense of regret that they never had the chance to spend some time with Woody. Highly recommended.-- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y.