The Stokes' life of Blum is the sole English contribution dealing with the man and his place in the scheme, although he is included in a good many books covering various figures in the European stage. This book is, therefore, an important addition to the picture, a better book in every way than the Stokes' life, more even in style and better balanced. There is no phase of it so interesting as the section in the Stokes' book on Blum's handling of the labor troubles; its weakness lies, perhaps, in the social application of Blum's theories. But all in all, it is a well rounded picture of the man, his training, experience, contacts and ideals. One could wish for more careful interpretation but perhaps time is needed for that. Meantime, this takes its place as the best general life of Blum, ""man and statesman.