This makes an excellent companion volume to the author's well done The United States in World War I. (1963, p. 363, J- 129). The obvious disadvantages of the one volume approach are present (and will continue to be in every effort at every reading level until the passage of time provides more perspective). Considering the size of his task-- to compress the action of a huge global war and to bring the political and economic factors into understandable focus-- the author has done a creditable job. In alternating chapters, the European and Asiatic engagements are outlined. The conditions of battle that each arena imposed on the fighting men is described and the anecdotal record of the Generals and Admirals (some well known, others less often described) carry the story of the battles forward at two levels. There is a nice sense of balance in Mr. Lawson's organization of material. Reader interest is sustained and reader understanding will be enlarged rather than taxed.