Of the numerous books inspired by the recent crisis in Britain, this one by the Editor of the New Statesman and Nation is the best. It is brief, it is candid without being sensational, and it is brilliantly written. It places the English monarchy in its historical perspective over the last century and a half, demonstrating that its present quasidivine position is a creation of recent decades. Though this development is shown to have come about in response to certain natural psychological and constitutional demands, it has now gone too far, Mr. Martin believes. His advice to the British people is to be more sensible about their monarchy.