While Time Remains

Leland Stowe
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LELAND STOWE’S place in the annals of our century is already well established. During the past twenty years he has journeyed across the world, exploring the highways and byways of international politics, studying governments, mingling with peoples of high and low degree everywhere, reporting his findings from the battlefield and from the conference halls of Europe and Asia. His repute is extraordinary. Better still, it is merited. He has shown a remarkable flair for being on the right spot at the right time, and a fearless devotion to fact. To these essentials are added a gift of narrative and a breadth of knowledge of the world which have won a Pulitzer Prize and honors from governments all the way from France to China.
This book should be made compulsory reading for members of Congress, editors, teachers, and above all, for those who imagine that the best recourse of modern man in the year 1 of the Atomic Age is to get things in shape for another war. Here, for the first time, so far as this reviewer knows, an American fully acquainted with world affairs at first hand undertakes to spell out for his public the broad implications of the Atomic Age and, simultaneously, to tie them into the whole world picture of things as they are.
While Time Remains is not a counsel of despair. It is an appeal to intelligence and to democratic principles as old as this Republic. Leland Stowe minces no words. His book will jolt complacency severely in this country, where many mistakenly imagine that the United States is secure in the role of primacy to which it has fallen heir as a result of the war.
Mr. Stowe’s latest volume is a fascinating analysis of the impact of the atomic bomb upon our social and political routine. He explores the responsibilities involved for the citizenry, for the government, and in the field of policy. Step by step he catalogues the blunders and the delays which have sufficed, within a single year, to set the two most powerful nations on earth at odds.
From this prelude, he swings into a tour of the revolution-torn world, discussing the essentials in the great strife of peoples against their archaic political systems. One by one, he unravels the puzzles of Fascism, Communism, and Social Democracy. He completes this phase of his task with a case history of Greece since the war ended - a chapter which lays bare the maneuverings of Winston Churchill and the defects of the post-war policy pursued by the democratic powers of the West.
For Americans the most moving, as well as the most useful, part of the book is the last. This is given over to a discussion of the “Road to World Citizenship.” Here Mr. Stowe delves into the shortcomings of our educative process, reveals the dangers involved in the theory that atomic power should be entrusted to military experts, analyzes the weaknesses of our State Department, accosts boldly and frankly the question of Russian-American relations, and states the practical case for a revived political consciousness in America.
JAMES H. POWERS