One of the major battles in the present global struggle is being fought in densely populated Asia. This book is the first comprehensive study of the evolution of Communism in this area --from the period that preceded the formation of the Chinese Communist regime to the present time. It is based on the personal experience of a Chinese scholar who served for eight years in high ranking positions in the CP; much of the material has hitherto been inaccessible to Western readers. In the first part of the book, Mr. Ching-wen probes deeply into the way of life of the Chinese; he investigates their economic and cultural environment and weighs, in the light of these conditions, the possibilities of revolution. So far as this reviewer is able to determine, the book is accurate in its facts and, to a lesser extent, in its evaluations. A word of explanation and caution is in order at this point. Mr. Ching-wen has seen his people suffer much; his repeated assertion that the Chinese people will revolt against the Peking government probably has no more basis than the West's hope that Mao Tse-tung can be wooed away from his loyalty to Moscow.