A Study in Ideologies by a Canadian teacher and well known educator in British Columbia, this presents some interesting and lucidly organized thought directives on past, present and future systems of belief and how they operate. It is a short book written in four parts, each of which adds to the final thesis of what must replace Individual Industrialism- (or capitalism) for the West today. Describing the characteristics of ideologies in general, Mr. Garstin points to the following traits, common in one degree or another to most- a certain intolerance, protection by abstract treatises and an entrenched custodianship, institutionalization, expansion by propaganda, need satisfaction in spiritual and economic spheres etc. With these in mind, he looks to the sources of content, finding them in dominant native and alien ideologies, schism, and other carriers. Speaking then of decay, he points to the social situations where different types of ideologies are likely to succeed or fail, and in discussing our form of capitalism there is a convincing statement of the growing breach between theory and practice and the predictable tendency towards a planned society with political and economic forces eventually in democratic mass control. A broad study covering many ideologies- Communism, Mediaeval Christianity, primitive systems- for its comparisons, this succinct analysis makes a valuable focal point for study.