Strategy for Victory

By Hanson W. Baldwin
FIERY old Clemenceau was in the habit of scourging half-hearted Cabinets by constantly reprinting the slogan: The enemy is still at Noyon. Noyon is less than seventy miles from Paris. No such single phrase can be used with equivalent effect in the United States. The Aleutians are far away, geographically and in the consciousness of all but a few naval experts. But many Americans need to be told incessantly a few hard truths. They need to be told that we are at war with two immensely powerful military machines, neither of which shows any sign of cracking; that all the big positive territorial gains so far have gone to the Axis; that the victories of our side have been of a negative and delaying character — in blunt brief, that we haven’t even begun to win the war and stand a serious chance of losing it. Because Mr. Hanson W. Baldwin, a military expert who really deserves that somewhat tarnished title, tells us all this he has written a good book and a needed book. He explains clearly and forcefully the key areas which must be held at any cost (the British Isles and the Near East and the Caucasus, India, Hawaii, and the Alaska-Aleutian region). Rejecting fanciful panaceas, he outlines a strategy which may defeat the Axis, although, as he warns, only after years of hard struggle. It is a good book; it would be a better one if it were not spread so thinly. Mr. Baldwin is a military and naval expert; he is an amateur on such subjects as war aims, civilian morale, and world reconstruction. W. H. C.