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historical aspects of the region. Usually accurate and concise,
the authors are prevented from delving beneath the surface
of the incidents narrated because of the length of the work.
Somewhat misleading is the statement that Paraguay stands almost
alone "in the magnanimous religious liberties she has granted."
Freedom of religion is guaranteed in all Latin-American coun-
tries and actually exists in many. Disappointing but understand-
able is the authors' neglect of the present political situation in
Paraguay. From this book, one would not be led to suspect the
violent disruptions that President Morinigo's dictatorial regime
occasioned. The liberality which he and other Paraguayan rulers
have displayed in their dealings with the Mennonite settlers is
emphasized throughout the book.
The work is valuable as the only reasonably detailed account
of the Mennonites in Paraguay. As a travelogue with occasional
comments upon social conditions, it is colorful and interesting.
As history, it is free from prejudice but superficial, as the authors
America Faces Russia: Russian-American Relations From Early
Times To Our Day. By Thomas A. Bailey. Ithaca (Cornell
University Press), 1950. Pp. vii+375. $4.00.
Thomas A. Bailey of Stanford University can not be included
among those college professors who dwell in the proverbial ivory
towers. Instead of writing on some remote, obscure topic, Profes-
sor Bailey has chosen a subject of vital interest to every American.
In America Faces Russia he not only surveys the relations be-
tween these two powers from "early times to our day" but also
suggests in the concluding chapter a constructive program for
the future.
More concerned with popular attitudes towards Russia than
with our actual diplomatic relations with her, Mr. Bailey bases
his study largely on newspapers, periodicals, and public opinion
polls. He does not, however, neglect official diplomatic corre-
spondence nor the Congressional Record, skilfully blending the
data from all these sources into a well-rounded picture of
Russian-American relations.


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