Isn't it, though, in so many disconcerting ways. Dr. Lerche is not discussing Civil Rights issues here, but many of his comments have inadvertent interest in that light. The subject of this book is Southern attitudes toward international politics, particularly the revulsion often expressed there for any manner of foreign aid, and the distinct predilection for what the author chooses to term ""hard-line unilateralism"" -- in other words, let's-invade-Cuba-ism. Northern liberals who hope the Otto Passmans and the co-eds waving Better Dead Than Red signs are exceptional phenomena will not be much encouraged by this study, but Dr. Lerche has tried very hard to be both fair and factual in his account of what goes on behind the Magnolia Curtain. He is hopeful, too, and believes that this ""nation within a nation"" is in transition and that already Dixie's representatives in Washington are shifting positions in response to ""massive social, economic, and political changes that are shaking the region."" The South may have been going ""substantially its own withdrawn way"" ever since the Civil War, but the time may not be too far off when she'll become a responsive and responsible member of the Union. Meanwhile, however, ""everyone with an interest in world affairs will have to look South anxiously.