This book acquires immediate importance in view of the question of Hitler's next move, of Lithuania, Poland, etc. For here is a careful study of the personalities, the problems and the step by step incidents leading up to the Treaty of Brest-Litvosk. The importance of this peace, since almost forgotten, mounts daily, as conditions on the troubled borders make one feel the necessity of knowing more of the past history of Lithuania, Livonia, Courland, Poland and Finland. There is no attempt to relate the past to the present, the book deals only with 1918; but the facts are there for the student of modern history to unravel. Wheeler-Bennett makes the personalities of the conference live; he paints in details of the distraught world of that moment. As I read the book, I felt that it opened the way for a plus sale of the latest Arnold Zweig book, The Crowning Of A King, which dramatizes certain aspects of the same conditions.