There is very little of the personal touch and almost nothing of personal experience in this study by the former Hungarian foreign minister. The book is really nothing more than a summary account of international relations from 1871 to 1906, based in large part upon the material from the German archives. On the whole the writer attempts to whitewash the policy of Germany and Austria-Hungary, and his purpose in writing seems to have been to contrast the attitude of Bismarck and the elder Andrassy with the attitude of the statesmen of 1918-1919. It cannot be said that he has been very successful. While interesting, the book is essentially uneven and unscholarly.