This collection of a dozen essays is based on a series of scripts which the author prepared for the European Service of the BBC. Most of the work of expansion and rearrangement he did himself before his death in 1962. The ""talk"" aspect remains to good advantage; the reading is nearly effortless, the scholarship is unobtrusive, and each point is made with quiet, simple effect. This is intelligent anti-communism of a very high order. The subjects covered under the general heading range from the Hungarian ""Anti-Colonial Revolution"" of 1956 to the Sino-Soviet dispute and the multifarious problems posed by Soviet interest in the emerging nationalisms of Africa and the Middle East. Special emphasis, however, is placed upon the recent developments within various sectors of the Union of Socialist Republics itself, such as in Kazakhstan. Mr. Kolarz's knowledge of internal communist affairs was immense and is deployed here to great advantage. Quite literally, in the words of Edward Crankshaw in the Foreword, this is a book which ""should be read by anyone with an interest in the political realities of our time.