The New World Order, written by Baptist minister Samuel Zane Batten, is an examination of the state of social and international affairs in the time period immediately following the conclusion of the First World War, and is a plea for a greater degree of socialization and religious influence.
The book opens with a discussion of the international community following the Great War. "The world is in a transition period," states Batten in his introductory remarks. The author, being a man of the church, argues that a shared religious faith is necessary to bring the world together in peace. The book is divided into chapters, which individually focus on the rebuilding of the global community, the democratization of industry, the socialization of the nation, the reconstruction of international life, and the church's role in healing after a crisis. The author argues for a form of international government and a breaking down of the barriers created between nations.
Batten's socialist and religious leanings are apparent throughout the text. The author pines for an almost utopian society where individuals are global citizens connected by a single religious faith. That is not to say that Batten's work is without merit or is uninteresting. Those interested in counter culture literature with a particularly religious focus will likely find this to be an interesting read.
The New World Order is one of many published works by authors seeking to suggest a new path for society. It is an interesting read, if not a wholly practical solution to the problems of the world. Those interested in the subject matter will likely find this book worthy of the time investment.