The author's name will undoubtedly make this for the moment the most popular and most widely read account of the outbreak of the Great War. In that case, so much the worse for the public. For this book, with all its brilliant writing, can hardly be taken seriously as history. It has quite evidently been written without reference to some of the most important source material, and its conclusions will not stand up under the criticism of well-informed students. In attributing the responsibility to a few dozen incapable and misled statesmen and in white-washing the general population the author facilitates his own task and at the same time satisfies the self-righteousness of the proverbial man in the street.