With the world in its present state, the foreign correspondent has assumed an enormous importance. H. R. Knickerbocker is one of the ablest and best informed of these 20th-century ambassadors. During the past 18 years he has been in practically all the key places of Europe and Asia and has written about the events which he has seen with clarity and understanding. He has met most of the leading figures of the world crisis, including Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and some of the leading Japanese. This book is an opportunity for the general public to come as closely as possible to sitting down with Mr. Knickerbocker for an informal conversation. Written in question and answer form, it not only conveys an astounding amount of interesting and significant information but does it in a chatty and discursive way which is extraordinarily engaging. Because of its form and the sparkle with which it is set down, it contains an enormous number of new facets and sidelights on the world abroad and the personalities of its leading men which are not to be found in more conventional books.
There are probably few questions which have troubled the average reader which are not covered in this journey through the world with Mr. Knickerbocker. They are indeed the questions which America is asking about the war, its origins, its aims, and America's part in it.
Furthermore, the book has a unity all its own, a unity contributed by Mr. Knickerbocker's own carefully thought out and vigorously held position with respect to what American policy and action should be in the present crisis.