Six essays, delivered as lectures before the Fabian Society by outstanding, if somewhat ""foot-off-the-ground"" people. Russell's own contribution on science and its effects on human beliefs is glib and inconclusive. Bartlett's War Horizon is dated by the very prophecy he makes, that Hitler will make no move toward Austria or Czechoslovakia. Laski writes on the Outlook for Civil Liberties, Cripps on Political Reactions of Rearmament, Morrison on Socialism Today (a bit of wishful thinking). The soundest contribution is Cole's brilliant discussion of the economic consequences of war preparations, -- temporary boom, damaging in long run. Cannot see wide sale for volume over here, as it is distinctly concerned with the British and Continental relations.