A public audience with the Pope is thrilling for it means access to the palace, views of exquisite paintings and superb tapestries, a trip to another world and period. A private audience means a quarter or half hour to be remembered forever. But this author lived in the world, saw both Pope Leo XIII and Pius X daily for years, arbitrated the fashions of Rome, travelled abroad, studied in England, America, lived in America, Cairo, Constantinople and Madrid. Always charming and delightful, always in demand, be writes his autobiography so that it is both entertaining and enlightening without losing any of the spiritual significance. For all Catholics and everyone who hates to miss a grand book.