Mr. Kraft has written a general account of the Algerian tragedy that is both accurate and lucid. After briefly sketching the economic, historical, and political background of Algeria, the author outlines with clear insight the political philosophies of the main adversaries; the settlers who have on the whole aligned themselves with the extreme right wing in French politics, the rebels, the army, and Paris. This book not only provides an excellent introduction to the whole question of Algeria, but it also examines the political task of liquidating an empire and its effect on the demised Fourth Republic. The book is readable. It contains little that is new, but it will convey much of the Algerian dilemma to those knowing nothing of the problem that has engaged France in almost continuous war. Recommended to all libraries.