An important contribution to the study of the World War, and singularly unbiased and dispassionate in setting forth the facts of the case for Germany. He presents the picture of European diplomacy, of the vast stupidities of nation after nation, of the petty rivalries and animosities which helped set off the tinderbox. He goes into past facets, contributory evidence -- the Agadir case, the need for colonies, the questions of water rights. He had wide range of intimate knowledge, through his position as editor of the Berliner Tageblatt, between 1906 and 1933. He places blame, now and again, but here -- there -- showing how rumors grew to great proportions, and facts were created out of whole cloth. A serious book, weighing conflicting evidence, and marked by the stamp of sincerity, actual knowledge of the facts, and keen appraisal of the theories.