In This Review

Seen from E.a
Seen from E.a
By Herbert Feis
Knopf, 1947, 313 pp

As Economic Advisor in the State Department from 1931 to 1943, Mr. Feis enjoyed extraordinary opportunities for following the vacillating course of American foreign policy. As a person who does not suffer stupidity gladly, he was appalled at the failure of some of those who directed our foreign policy to foresee and prepare for those crises which Mr. Feis foresaw only too clearly. The three cases he has chosen are the efforts to stockpile rubber before the war, the scheme for acquiring American access to Middle East oil, and our "neutrality" legislation. Mr. Feis does not mention any names, but the identity of his heroes and villains is usually clear enough.