An excellent handbook for reference -- a summary of the record of the United States diplomatic history, mainly concentrated on the years between the wars, but with some background of organization of the state department and the diplomatic corps, of the steps by which various parts of the country were acquired, of the main roots of diplomatic philosophy. The general development has been actuated more by principles than in most lands, with adherence to the democracy at base. He then discusses modern foreign affairs in relation to labour, to church, to press, to congress, to the hyphenated element of the population. And -- in detail, the steps of development in relation to England and to Latin America; the strengthening of the isolationist stand through the post war years, and the uphill struggle of the present administration against the stand. He criticizes the early years of the New Deal as weak on the political and strong on the economic side of world affairs, and then shows the turn with the march of fascism. An excellent job of condensation, which would be more useful if it had been indexed.