The Commonwealth of Nations- until 1949 known as the British Commonwealth of Nations, demonstrates almost more effectively than does the U.S.A. the possibility of modern states holding together in common purpose and mutual freedom. This is the story of how it came about, and of the man who made it possible. Those chapters dealing with the individual to whom Estorick attributes the greatest parts in the drama are far more interesting reading than the more general overall treatment of the opening and closing chapters, so don't be discouraged at the start. Particularly significant are the chapters on Attlee, Smuts, Evatt Bevin- perhaps because we know less about them, perhaps because the new England, South Africa and Australia are of vital importance in todays world. Churchill, MacKenzie King, Nehru make up the roster of architects of changing empire. Not an inspired book, but important in the sum and substance of its content.