LAST CALL FOR COMMON SENSE by James P. Warburg

LAST CALL FOR COMMON SENSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A roving reporter, commentator, critic, Warburg follows up Put Yourself in Marshall's Place with a sincere, incisive denunciation of our foreign policy. His book, which is based on a series of lectures, written protests, states and re-states these primary points:- we are again close to war- because the ""United Nations is incapable of dealing with disputes among the Great Powers"" and because the Great Powers (the U.S.S.R. and the United States) have no common interest, policy or procedure; the United States should stop wondering about Russia- we are too little concerned with our own mistakes- and our foreign policy is based entirely on fear and not on faith; and lastly we should concentrate on a worldwide program of reconstruction and reform. These basic beliefs underlie all points of discussion which are set off by specific incidents which have taken place in the last year; the coup d'etat in Czechoslovakia, the world economic picture and the immediate problem of Germany, the Berlin crisis, the Ruhr agreement, the Acheson appointment, the Atlantic Alliance, etc. etc. And there is always the insistent return to the argument that the United States as well as Russia has undermined the power of the U.N., that war with Russia is not the only alternative if we throw our full weight into a recovery program, and that no single nation state must hold the military power necessary for peace. A critique which is also positively implemented, but will it reach an audience?

Pub Date: June 16th, 1949
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace