This book supplies a real need and supplies it very competently. Most lovers in America of the great French Catholic novelist, Bernanos, author of Diary of a Country Priest, have only a hazy idea of his political thought and activity. This volume traces his political history and perceptively studies the convictions and character of the man as he reacts--violently always--to political conditions. The author depicts Bernanos as a Rightist, but not of the fascist sort, dominated by motivations of a strictly religious and patriotic nature. His political essays reflect the mind of a philosopher and prophet rather than a politician. They are always direct, even violent, because ""the personality and thinking of Bernanos was...unique... a blend of temperament, sensibility and convictions"", full of integrity, impatient of mediocrity and compromise. A stimulating, scholarly study of an extraordinary man of this century.