A good title for an important book -- a book too timely for comfort, a book on the problems of national defense under current world conditions. He pleads for a thoughtful consideration of our deplorably inadequte merchant marine, coastal defenses, our weaknesses on land and sea and in the air. He is an acknowledged analyst on military affairs, and has the expected pessimistic outlook on our unpreparedness, and our vulnerability, both to enemies without and within the gates. He believes in a large navy and a small, mobile army. A book designed to appeal to the layman.