The End of the Modern World, by Romano Guardini, is a short masterpiece on the problems of the age in which we now live - and which is now drawing to a close. Modern man is faced for the first time in his history with "mass" man. This "mass" affects everything - human dignity, right relationship with God, individuality, freedom, quality of life. The very nature of man can be called into question, with shattering consequences for our faith and our "home" in the universe. Guardini understood very well the "warehousing" concept of human life, where amongst crowds of men, the human person can lose significance, spiritual autonomy, and his bearings, feeling both crushed by these masses, and at the same time unable to escape them. He also understood the reality and trends toward totalitarianism, having resisted, been silenced by, and gone into hiding to escape the Nazis, himself. In my opinion, Guardini's writings (prophetic as they were) on the times in which we live are his most brilliant. He is a voice of God crying out in a world that is escalating ever more surely to annihilation of all that the human person has always considered fundamental to human life - dignity, right relationship with God, freedom. His other books which touch on this subject, The World and the Person, The Virtues, Power and Responsibility, and Letters from Lake Como, are also indispensable reading for facing and grappling with the problems of The End of the Modern World. I highly recommend Romano Guardini.