The author of this provocative but somewhat baffling book is the diplomatic correspondent of the Manchester Guardian. In his opening chapters he gives us a mercilessly keen and destructive analysis of the philosophy and practice of Marxism and Fascism (more particularly National Socialism, for he scarcely notices Mussolini and Italian Fascism), both of which he hates with unstinted fervor. In the second part he takes up Britain's foreign policy: what it has been since the World War and what it must be if England is to continue to play a world rôle -- and he insists that she will be either a World Power or nothing. Mr. Voigt makes no attempt to be persuasive; he hammers home his points with bald, but not necessarily convincing, assertions. His prose is stark and violent, sometimes leaving the reader more incensed than enlightened. Yet withal, the book contains brilliant passages, studded with quotable aphorisms.
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