A somber indictment of U. S. current failures for an all-out defense and aid program, supported by statistical evidence, and with only scattered instances of bias, this is a damning record of short-sighted policies that can affect us now and later. A survey of the bottlenecks of business that make for lags in time, production, materials, ideas, with the spotlight on Knudsen, Stettinius, and the OPM. The complete case history of aluminum, quoting testimony of its investigation in Washington, the mistakes in forecasting needs, the shortages that were permitted, the reality behind the public announcements of advances made, the slow progress the ""arsenal of democracy"" is making. Highlights other fields, - shipbuilding, planes, machine tools, personnel in such departments as skilled mechanics, technicians. A challenge to complacency and self satisfaction which may throw us completely off balance. Important as showing other side.