Here is a book that leads one through the political and social changes in France since the Armistice. It is full of the changing political philosophy that finally made possible the rise of Leon Blum and the Front Populaire Programme. Werth's articles in the Manchester Guardian have proved him an authority on the subject. His style is clear and his tempo well sustained, so that his book reads like living history. One appreciates better the courageous struggle going on in France to hold the middle road, to hew their own path, to save ""the temple of civilization."" He shows how successive premiers have tried to fit their scheme to varying philosophies rampant in Europe, and he holds out the hope that in Blum, brains and not force will prevail. He gives due credit to his grasp of practical problems, his ability to forge the necessary weapons to handle situations, as in the sit-down strikes, and other problems he inherited. A vivid picture of a new political philosophy in the making.