Not a primer for laymen, but a thoughtful study of the abortive efforts to build foreign policy in the present century. The study of successive failures to achieve one through the balance of power, through the League of Nations, through a new approach to the balance of power. Why each has failed, and whither we are trending. Democracy as we know it has not succeeded in developing a technique of foreign policy. In its very conception, the idea of foreign policy is a contradiction. The chief value of the book lies in its survey of the international relations since the war. A challenge rather than a program. For students of international affairs.