represents, in the country, the real Italy -- and in times to come it is men of his type who will bring Italy into being again. Here he writes of his people, their essential characteristics, the bonds between generations. He deliberates, in literary manner, Roman hobbyhorsan, the provincial limits, the arts, the importance of the family, of religion, of roots in the soil; the differences between Italy north and south, the attitudes towards foreigners. As an important Italian scholar and diplomat, his observations about Italy's renaissance, its awakening from moral lethergy, the future of a United States of Europe, are of interest to thoughtful followers of the present European scene. Not preeminently current or popular.