This concludes the trilogy of which The Nazi Dictatorship (1935), Europe on the Eve (1939) formed the other sections. An annotated record of international affairs of 1939-1940; dissection of cause and effect, with alternatives possible in 1941. A Cassandra voiced commentator, with prophecies based on sober, thoughtful evaluation of worldwide happenings, figures, policies, diplomatic manoeuvres, and a recognition of the impossibility of returning to the world of yesterday, Schuman challenges the blindness of those who will not face the world of tomorrow. The very culminative effect of the assembly of facts, informative from its collection of all sources of material, impressive for its analysis, is scarifying. An excellent background book.