In April, 1943, Simon and Schuster were privileged to publish ONE WORLD by Wendell L. Willkie. That book, one of the most significant documents of our time, immediately became the most widely read and discussed non-fiction book of the twentieth century. It was translated into virtually every foreign language. In the United States, in Great Britain, in free countries all over the world, it was, and still is, an enormous best seller. During the past year alone, close to 3,000,000 copies were printed and distributed. Even in nations living under the Nazi yoke -- in Denmark, in Francey, and elsewhere -- editions were printed and widely distributed by the Underground. Today's newspaper headlines reveal again and again how shrewd is its observation, and thoughtful people turn constantly to its trenchantly phrased philosophy as the best expression of the purpose for which we are fighting.
Some weeks ago, at the request of the New York Herald Tribune, The Boston Herald, The Minneapolis Star Journal and Tribune, The Des Moines Register and Tribune, The Portland Oregonian, and The San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Willkie wrote and published seven articles having to do with America's problems both at home and abroad. In view of the approaching political conventions, he pointed out what political action should be taken toward the solution of these problems. Subsequently, he published his own version of what a present day progressive platform for the Republican Party should contain. Those articles and that platform, separated by an ideological gulf from the platforms recently drafted by the Democratic and the Republican conventions, received instantaneous editorial acclaim from one end of the country to