A thoughtful, friendly, comprehensive job and of pertinent importance to the United States, though it antdates the Japanese attack and the U. S. entry into the war. Three lengthy visits, the last in 1940, form the background for a survey of all aspects of Australian resources, politics, labor, economics, and the part she is playing in the war. He traces the history, from the autocracy of a penal colony to the freedom of a modern social democracy. He explains the past isolation in world affairs, outlines the problems and their solutions, details how labor won on the political rather than the industrial front, examines the governmental set-up, evaluates the cultural forces, assesses the tie with Britain, and shows what he considers Australia's place in the international picture, now and in the future. An important book today.