The start of a proposed three volume history of our times augurs well for the quality of journalism-cum-history Quincy Howe can give us. His brilliant Introduction states the basis on which his history is conceived. The first volume, while highlighting the world figures he has chosen as his symbols,- Sun Yat-sen, Wilson and Lenin, is much broader in scope than this would indicate. He gives the first part over to an analysis of the overall picture at the opening of the new cenry. He proceeds to explore the dominant historical, political and intellectual factors, the changing pattern of history in the first decade of the new era, power politics in new guise, new elements of unrest and revolution below the crust, the shifts in world power and the factors behind them, the conditions of anarchy that failed to prepare most of Europe for the war that was in the making. He analyzes in the next part the First World War, building up to 1918 -- with Wilson and Lenin emerging, world statesmen as world messiahs, each convinced as the year came to an end, that he had made the world safe- the one for democracy, the other for communism. An exciting book, which students and the average reader alike will find important as a synthesis of our own times.