America's Place in the World

In This Review

Professor Peffer of Columbia, author of several forthright books on international relations and a recognized authority on Far Eastern affairs, here examines the alternatives, theoretical and practical, open to American foreign policy today. These he narrows down to two: the creation of a war machine supposedly adequate to permit us the dubious luxury of getting our own way in the world by sheer force; or the establishment of an international organization with sufficient power to enforce peace on all states, including even the largest. He rejects the first alternative, and all its connotations of imperialism abroad and autocracy at home, as being unthinkable for a democratic people to choose willingly. He therefore embraces the second alternative as the world's only hope, but warns against allowing any one Power the right to exercise the veto power proposed at Dumbarton Oaks, and accepted at San Francisco after his book went to press. These points Mr. Peffer makes with his customary bluntness.