A leading political commentator in France demands of his readers in this book a broad frame of reference concerning the international scene in this century to meet his own barricade of information reenforcing his arguments on the origin and, meaning of war. To one lay reader his logic seems convincing and his warnings against a negativism and skepticism, with compliance at its roots, seems soundly timed. His thesis will not be accepted without some resentment here for he argues that America is greatly at fault, both in World Wars I and II and the Cold War as well, that we must assume more realistic attitudes towards the economic necessities of the Asiatic nations and our European allies. He strongly urges cessation of aggrandizement of our struggle for power with the Soviet Union; it is here to stay and we invite a third world war en route to human unity by our threats of Atomic War, our blindnesses. He finds, too, unprofitable the modern tendency to re--examine the motives of statesmen and decisions in times past, deploring it as adolescent and time-consuming. Not palatable reading, but a challenge to those who take time to consider.