From the foot of the Andes, John Paton Davies, Jr., unfrocked diplomat, has been keeping up with his reading in world affairs and this book contains his musings on subjects of current international interest. In his case, distance has lent further disenchantment to most of the U.S. Government's post- World War II ventures in foreign fields. Indeed, he approves heartily of only two: the attainment of military superiority over the Soviet Union and the rebuilding of Western Europe and Japan. For the rest, Mr. Davies provides a casebook of diplomatic fallacies to prove that the U.S. is sleepwalking in Asia and Latin America. Unable to mince a single word, he questions whether democracy should be foisted on other nations as a way of life and follows with a brilliant analysis of military dictatorships and the whole question of ""recognition."" Major surgery is performed on the Foreign Aid Program in a way which will give heart to the Congress and heartburn to the President. The book also includes a piercing critique of the U.N. which contains grains of sanity but borders on the unjust; a history of Sino-Soviet relations written from his own perspective; a survey of the revitalization of Europe and a discussion of the chronic problem of recruiting the right talent to work for the U.S. Government. In his chapter on the New Frontier at work in foreign affairs, Mr. Davies reveals mostly the clay feet and the book will undoubtedly be widely read in Foggy Bottom.