This is a difficult book which proves, in the final analysis, rewarding reading. Whether high school boys and girls will be tempted sufficiently to overcome the rather crowded appearance of the pages, the solid look of the text, the elusively fragmentary handling of the material, so that one has to fit the pieces together into the final picture -- this is a problem school librarians will find it worthwhile solving. For here, in an analysis of the elements that have gone into the making of the British Empire, is told the whole story of what constitutes an empire, what makes England live, what built traditions and ways of thought and life. There is lots of anecdotal material; there are bits of history and legend and biography; there is much that challenges one's thinking. Bibliographies suggest further reading.