Meticulously researched. . . . Miller’s is the only biography of the senator of any consequence. . . . His is a good book. It is totally readable, it leaves no questions unanswered, it does not soft-pedal thorny issues. . . . Miller carries Pell from boyhood through school, college, World War II Coast Guard service, State Department employment and politics. He shows that the senator could be oddball, quirky, eccentric, Mr. Magoo, an embracer of popular issues (metric measure for America), a legislator compromiser (except with Jesse Helms), and a formidable candidate with an excellent staff.