This book, by one of our leading journalists, is much more than just another eyewitness report on things seen and heard in various parts of the world. It is an interpretation of our times in which the author's experiences form the illustrations by which he makes his points. Step by step he traces the political disintegration and moral confusion which marked the retreat of the peaceloving nations before the advance of Fascist aggression until it was almost too late. The title, taken from Lincoln's message to Congress in 1862, expresses the author's hope that we shall now at last learn how impossible it is for any people to shirk its world responsibilities. This is one of the best books this war has produced.