This might better be subtitled -- ""Smoke Screen in the Pacific"" -- for that is what it is, rather than what its present subtitle would seem to indicate. Here step by step is revealed the intricate ch of illusion that Japan, intent upon achieving supremacy in total disregard of international agreements or good faith, has woven to bewilder, stultify, overcome her victims, her neighbors and the rival naval powers against which she has pitted her wits, her wiles, her strength. This is primarily the story of our relations with Japan, the history of our navy in the Pacific, and the rest of the material is necessary background to that picture. One could wish the substance included more of interrelation of Dutch, German, French, British -- but, there was the other job to be done, and Mr. Falk, astute student of Japan and the Japanese (witness his Togo), naval historian, has proved himself the man to do it. An important contribution to the growing literature on the United States and the Far East.