Out of the nine chapters in this book, three (Chapters I, III and VI) contain a good deal of interesting information, well worthy of its distinguished writer. Unfortunately, practically the whole of the rest is compounded of sneers and gibes at those who hold different political views from the author and is quite unworthy of a Fellow of the Royal Society. If the chapters we have enumerated were lifted out and republished in the form of a pamphlet, selling at sixpence or a shilling, this would richly deserve the wide circulation it would undoubtedly receive. In its present form we are afraid it is impossible to recommend the expenditure of seven shillings and sixpence on political diatribe. Professor Haldane is highly critical of the Home Office and its A.R.P. advice, but in fact during the recent crisis the hasty measures taken for the immediate protection of the public were almost exactly on the lines he suggests. The more elaborate forms of shelter he describes as having been found effective in Spain would no doubt have followed.
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