In This Review

The first issue of Foreign Affairs contained seven pages of short reviews of recent books on international relations. From 1925 to 1936, the diplomatic historian William Langer had the, as he put it, "rather formidable task" of writing these reviews. (The selection criteria were both flexible and ethnocentric: "books on all or any aspect of international affairs, in any civilized language.") The section itself, he wrote later, "was not to be a simple list of titles, which is never of much value, but a more or less critical analysis of each title -- something about the standing of the author, the character

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