In This Review

The Society of Nations
The Society of Nations
By Felix Morley
Brookings Institution, 1932, 700 pp

This is one of the noteworthy books of the quarter. The author, who for some time acted as director of the Geneva office of the League of Nations Association of the United States, devoted three years to preparing this well-documented study. He is not concerned with the accomplishments of the League, but rather with a detailed study of the origin of the organization and the way it works. More than two hundred pages are devoted to an account of the long-drawn evolution of the scheme, while the rest of the volume takes up in detail the organization of the Council and the Assembly, considers the changes that have occurred, the weaknesses and limitations that still exist, and the operation of the machinery in the recent Sino-Japanese dispute. The book is superior to most works on the League and is marked throughout by scientific detachment and respect for the facts.