In a contemporary world of fears and threats of war, Mr. Masani's approach to the problem of a world community wonderfully, almost nostalgically wise and right, and his appreciation of the need for a workable world organization should appeal directly to young people, who still understand the value of rational and idealistic action. Beginning with the story of the beginnings of human society and the firmly under statement that cooperation, not competition, enabled the ""fittest"" to survive, the author traces the growth of societies through tribal, family, village, city, kingdoms, national, empire and proposed world organizations. Closing the book is a plea for an objective search for the truth and an individual intelligence to solve problems as they arise, with a backward glance to the history of the cooperative societies of mn, their failures and contributions, and a forward look to the need for world federation. Uninspired graphic illustrations by C. H. O. Moorhouse give a dull textbook appearance to an inspiring and timely book. By a prominent U.N. statesman, the author of Our India.