This edition of The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry more than meets its goals to be a "one-volume, clinically oriented, comprehensive textbook of psychiatry." It is probably as good a one-volume textbook of psychiatry as it is possible to write, compile, and edit. I devoted a substantial portion of my reading time for 2 months to it and found it to be a rarity. Not only is it accurate and comprehensive, but many of the chapters are so interestingly written that they were really enjoyable reading. Also, many of the chapters include a short historical background that heightens both interest and understanding. The Textbook of Psychiatry compares favorably with my cherished 1967 one-volume first edition of Freedman and Kaplan’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry(6) and even with some of the top British texts. I recommend it highly, without reservation, and when added to both the summary volume, Essentials of Clinical Psychiatry(1), and the Study Guide(2), one has as complete a trio as could be wished. In closing, I lift a line from young William Faulkner’s preface to his early novel, Sanctuary(7), "Please buy this book."