This book should help clarify a great many people's thinking. The position taken is a sound, middle-of-the-road one, without being wishy washy or on the fence. The author succeeds in laying his foundations for clear understanding of trends now and immediately before the war by tracing the milestones:- industrial revolution and what it did to political and social thinking, how it made certain phases inevitable; the impossibility of a return, proved back with evidence following each of our wars; the misuse and abuse of terms and their historical roots, -- ""power politics"", ""imperialism"" etc.; what we are fighting for and why. With the decks cleared of fussy thinking, he goes forward, showing that we must choose -- Socialism -- Fascism-Communism or Social Democracy. A new international order can come only when the power nations recognise that political and economic order go together. He prophesies an approximation of pre-war political lineups in the post-war period, but strides forward in intelligent planning for national and international finance, trade, agreement on raw materials, food, industry, and a tentative start towards international union, abating social conflict, economic and political conflict.