This make no mistake -- is a very important book. Committees may be working frantically to formulate ideas, and ideals, for the future. But if mankind does not know the reasons for failure in the past, no future plan can stand. Here is an analysis of the American idea, and where we failed to live up to it. ""The American idea cannot be saved by the sword alone; it can only exist if we live it."" The head of Freedom House has written a book that is a challenge. The fact that it is readable and quotable should help get its challenge across. He does not hesitate to place blame where blame is due -- we must discard business as usual, labor baiting, license instead of liberty. We must come to terms with planning, accept labor as a human not a class problem, acknowledge the responsibility of our ideals of liberty, equality. A book to own.