Tides of Crisis: A Primer of Foreign Relations, by Adolf A. Berle Jr.
When a man of the experience and distinction of A. A. Berle writes a primer of foreign relations, it is inevitable that the book will be read with great expectations. Perhaps it is equally inevitable that such expectations must be disappointed. As Mr. Berle recognizes, a primer can tell us nothing new; at best it can do no more than help to bridge “the vast gap between the generally current information and thinking on the subject and the actual information and thinking of the men who are obliged to understand, have the job of meeting the crises, and are responsible for the results.” Though it contains occasional brilliant formulations characteristic of Berle at his best, I cannot report that the book brings us to the level of “the men who are obliged to understand.”
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