John Foster Dulles grows both in personal stature and in continuing influence as he recedes into history and this interpretive compendium of his basic thinking helps us to understand why. Dr. Van Dusen, the distinguished President of Union Theological Seminary, has done this book with the love and understanding of a friend. Few men, indeed, have been closer to the late Secretary of State, and fewer still have understood the basic Christian presuppositions which were ever present in the mind and actions of Dr. Dulles. Especially important were those seven years when the two worked side by side, one as President and the other as a member of the Board, of Union Theological Seminary. Few people would envy Dr. Van Dusen's task of reducing to single volume size the literary output of a man who wrote well, spoke often to happy audiences, and was completely at home in the fields of law, religion and statesmanship. Even more, the growing understanding of his very significant role in the world as we know it makes it doubly important that nothing essential be omitted. Fortunately, Dr. Van Dusen has had many opportunities to edit his own writings, and so he brings to the formulation of this volume an editor's skill, a theologian's appreciation, a friend's love, and an awareness of the historical importance of what he was doing. John Foster Dulles speaks for himself throughout the volume, and Dr. Van Dusen has made sure that he speaks to posterity at every level. A theologian will get more out of this book than a high school student, but the latter could understand it. A man trained in history, or political science will profit more than an ordinary citizen, but the book is for ordinary citizens, too. A wide audience should remain for this book long after the exigencies of the present political campaign are forgotten.