Many people are familiar with detached maxims which Confucius said--or is reputed to have said, but few know very much of the man and his times, and of the contribution he made to the life of his day as scholar, thinker, teacher and statesman. This volume of the ""Ethical and Religious Classics"" is made available to fill this void. It was written by a Japanese about Chinese thought, and is translated by Geoffrey Brownas, an Englishman. From it the reader learns much of China and its people in the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Not likely to be a popular book in the sense of commending itself to many readers, but for those whose study is the ethical and spiritual heritage of mankind, this small book should be highly useful.