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Some may brand this as a war mongering book, so strong is Carr's plea for aggressive attack against Naziism. Others may feel that he has taken too broad a canvas, attempted too much. But, no matter what criticism may be levied against his book, it emerges as a keen analysis, a challenge, a constructive program for the present, and a note of hope for the future. He makes no bones about the problem and the sacrifice we are facing. He studies the loss of foreign trade, and what it means to our neighbors to the South, in particular, and what we must do to balance it, even at loss to ourselves. He talks of the dangers of inflation, the reasons for the fears -- and his feeling that they are ungrounded. He accepts the peril of social strife, at home and abroad, in victory or in defeat, and charts the courses we must follow. He is not afraid of change; he acknowledges that in the process something of what we have accepted as the democratic pattern will be sacrificed. But he feels that something bigger is ahead, provided we know our enemy and organize to defeat him. He pleads for central planning, for preparation for war and for victory. And again and again, he pleads for a clean sweep in our educational system, to make our youth join forces with the tough minded rather than the tender minded today. He does not hesitate to criticise those in high places, but his criticism is objective and constructive, and all gauged towards winning our place as world leaders. Since Streit's Union Now, there has been nothing that gave so far-seeing a program.

Pub Date: Nov. 26th, 1940
Publisher: Crowell