. . .but for this reader, a short way to blindness which no one of us here can risk. In the interests of condensation for advance readers, the publishers tell us, 640 pages have been photo-offset down to a more manageable size- the result the promised 10-pt. Caledonia reduced to an estimated 7-pt. and the interlinear space in proportion. We resign! All we can do for you is to pay tribute to the author, and his goal, and to summarize the table of contents to give you some idea of the book's scope and handling. The author begins with the chapter Before History in which he deals with the ""human animal"" and the beginnings of religion; he concludes with a discussion of the formation of the U.N. Between these two extremities he traces the fate of the concept of freedom in Asia, The Greek City States, the early Church, the Holy Roman Empire, The Church of the Middle Ages, in the origins of the National State, in the Rise of Capitalism, during the Renaissance and Reformation, the continental and American revolutions, under Communism, during the World Wars, in the New Asia and Africa and specifically in the United States -- from Laissez Faire to the New Freedom. In a Conclusion the author reaffirms freedom as the summum bonum and warns against the confusion of democracy and freedom.