The sub-title reads: Our Place in a Rearming World. But the book is much more than this. It is a realistic facing of facts, a swift and revealing survey of world political and diplomatic history in the changing years of the century. He succeeds in bringing into sharp focus data that was hazy -- in my mind, at any rate -- and to give it fresh significance. The Adolph Ochs material giving the background for the Naval Disarmament Conference of 1921 is ""news"" and sure to create a good deal of comment. In many instances, the position of the author (Cable editor, New York Times), is distinctly a challenge to the conservative, a defiance of the position that we can stand aside, a plea for world participation for constructive not imperial purposes, and a recognition of the necessity of being able to back our position with force. Rather a terrifying book, but exciting reading, and very timely with Japan making new demands, with Italy at war with Ethiopia, with another disarmament conference under way. Sell to anyone interested in world affairs -- to libraries -- to colleges.