This is one of the more important books on modern Germany. Written by a former foreign minister of the Empire, it surveys the German scene as it has developed since the country emerged from the ordeal of the Great War. Baron von Kühlmann writes without rancor and as a man of the world who sees things in a large perspective. The book contains very interesting reflections on German policy before the war, notably with respect to naval policy and to the alliance with Austria. But the parts of more immediate interest are those in which the author discusses the party conflicts of present-day Germany and such questions as treaty revision and reparations.