At the start this book had a plan, but the writer soon forgot it and is confident the reader will not discover it. Perhaps that does not matter. This is not a guide book or a travel book. The reader who tried to follow its broken and casual journeyings across Canada would certainly lose himself. No attempt is made to cover the whole of the country, and vast stretches of it are deliberately left out. This book is an attempt rather to give the stranger a general glimpse of the surface of Canada and something of the substance, the people, the problems, the history, and the future beneath the surface. It is not a student's book, but the facts of Canadian life, as given here, will stand up, even if there are some slips in detail. It is written to provide not an academic investigation but what Cartier called the "ready way to Canada," or at least an easy way. It is written in the belief, reinforced by much traveling among them, that Canadians and Americans really know very little about Canada; that Canada is, among the important nations of the world, the least known in its real content; that the future relations between Canada and the United States will inevitably form one of the basic factors of world politics; and that these relations are widely misunderstood and often misrepresented. If the reader knows even a little more of Canada after reaching the end of this book, the job will have been worth doing, and the original plan well lost.