How can an idealist make an adjustment to the realities of a situation where his ideals are impossible of fulfillment? Is there a justifiable ethical basis for compromise? A pacifist believes that the whole war system is wrong. His country becomes involved in war. What can he do? Declare a moratorium on ideals for the duration? Refuse to bear arms? Go to prison? Can be avoid being in the war system entirely? What about an unjust economic and social order? Should an idealist refuse to pay taxes which go to support what he considers to be an evil system? This is the kind of question raised by this book. The answers are not easily found, nor does the author deliver them to the reader ready made. But this discussion should be most helpful to any who think of themselves as idealists -- to those who are troubled by the compromises they make, to those who feel we should get on faster and further with the putting into practice of the ideals we have so long professed. Not a ""popular"" book, but not too ""scholarly"" either. No denominational slant.