Throughout the rest of the world this year was marred by strife and ferment. In America there was calm; but behind the apparent complacency were forces of change that were soon destined to burst forth. In this book Alan Valentine records the character and general movement of these economic, social and political forces. He writes of the ways Americans met and failed to meet the issues of their time -- Japan, China, the Balkan states; he deplets the type and character of Americans' heroes and the society in which they lived; he describes the books and discoveries of science that were influencing the people of this nation. This book is a running chronicle of American life in 1913 -- the last year of the familiar world. The next year saw war, but war was merely the catalytic agent of change. Mr. Valentine has what few social historians possess -- a style that is both precise and exciting, never tedious. Recommended for both the student and general render.