This is subtitled A Postscript to Despair. A better subtitle would be A Postscript to Hope, for Edman gives us his creed of light in a darkened world. He pleads for a recognition of present goods as a manifestation of the eternal; he shows us -- through historical fact and a clearcut analysis of those things in life which speak of progress that we have a refuge from those other things that seem to deny progress. In a cultivation of the sense of the present and the richness thereof lies the escape from the horrors that darken the world. It is no creed of ""sweetness and light"" but a philosophy which sustains courage and hope. A book slight in outward seeming, rich in inner substance. Don't overlook it. There should be a chance for a big plus sale through the holidays.