The of the Series -- and the best analysis of the reasons inherent in France herself that are responsible for her fall, Maillaud writes exquisitely; this is no back job of background material. In fact, some may feel that from such an angle it is inadequate. But what matter. He has put, into brief compass, the spirit and soul of France; he has searched her geography, her history, her manpower and economic systems, her social and political instability, for the reasons for the ten quick collapse. And he emerges with an unshaken belief in the imperishability of France, and a plea for a modern and flexible version of a balance of power post war system which will give France back her chance for survival. The illustrations have human interest appeal rather than lepicting the structures of France.