The author is an internationally known student of government, and here turns back the leaves of history to analyze various types of government, France and Italy in particular, in order to prove their legitimacy or illegitimacy. By his definition, a legitimate government is one accepted by the people, and vice versa. Fear of the illegitimate fostered revolt, and by the same token governments developed fear. In this lies the hope of the future -- revolt from within; his faith is pinned on the success and growth of power of the legitimate government. Scholarly, mostly interesting reading, but not for the average layman.