This is an important book, though too close to the facts and the man for the objectivity that the definitive book will some day achieve. However, for immediate interest and news value, this is a contribution, disappointing in that it stops short of the present ""undeclared war"" with Japan. The straightforward, factual account of the life of Chiang Kai-Shek, with the known facts marshalled in chronological order, and enough of interpretation of his personality and motives to convey a fairly crisp and clear picture of the east's leading figure. An opportunist, yes, but with reason underlying more momentary advantage or personal kudos. Little of his personal life, though due credit is given to his wife. The kidnapping episode is convincingly presented and explained. Good background material for those interested in the problem of the Far East.