Dynamite here- and plenty of controversial material, ably reasoned, much as one's mind wishes to reject his thesis that Power is the one answer if the Cold War is not to become a shooting war. He places the science of geopolitics in the forefront; he analyzes our gains -- our responsibilities as outgrowth of World War II. He sees three power areas- with Europe the balance wheel. If war comes, the Soviet goal will be all of Europe; they will lay down the pattern. Only if we show now that we support our desire to avoid war by Power, can war be avoided- if then. He attacks bitterly our smug assurance that we can depend on the atom bomb and long range bombers. We tend to overrate weapons and underrate geography and technology. We are committed to a huge global air force, floating bases, a mobile ground force; we must build our allies' strength around the North Atlantic. We must not risk the dangers of uninformed altruism in the Asiatic area which is neither a geographical nor ideological unity. Our role is in the North Atlantic- with strong partners. The steps taken are not enough. The time is now while we have perhaps six years' grace. A disturbing-often an irritating book.