Mr. Warburg has long been a one-man Penguin Special, issuing well-researched inquiries into controversial questions in the field of international affairs. Untroubled by the urgencies of having to hold down a job, he has been America's public defender and Establishment critic, having rationality, moderation, and sanity on his side. In his latest book, an indictment of the American presence in Vietnam, he presents a forceful case for de-escalation and eventual withdrawal of her forces. The central element in his proposal is that those in South Vietnam who have identified themselves with their American allies must have their safety guaranteed by international accords and an international presence. But the book is far more than just another attack on a misguided America. Its primary thrust is to relate the story of the advent of the West in the East and to pull together the centuries of failures in this relationship that have helped to contribute to the making of recent history. The author's relish for his material is apparent and if not a major work on the subject, the book will attract a large audience that will have genuine grounds for admiring its wise way of handling contemporary matters.