A timely reprint of a book published in 1900, then discounted and scoffed at by the critics as a visionary, superficial and well-written piece of literary fabrication thinly veiled as sound economics. Today it reads as extraordinarily far-seeing, perceptive, prophetic. Adams foresaw a world in which two powers were pitted against each other, Russia and the United States. He foresaw the decline of France, of the British Empire, the rising importance of China as a market, integration of Russia and Germany (let us hope his prophecy there is not so sound). Some of the economic fact he emphasizes- the sugar market- the change of transportation powers- and so on, are dated of course, but in principle are basic. Interesting as a study of the westward shift of power, as evidence of what the not-so-visionary brother of Henry Adams saw in America's economic future. Marquis Child's introduction is a masterly evaluation and projection- and comprises about one third of the total text. A book for students of curves of economic history, trends, and so on. Not for a very wide public.