EUROPE IN THE SPRING by Clare Boothe
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EUROPE IN THE SPRING

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We feel that this book should make a big market on several counts:- it is intensely human, quick tempoed, alive; it's got plenty of big name stuff to intrigue that type of reader; without attempting to be profound, it opens up paths of inquiry into so many phases of this war, in relation to America, that it is far from being a glib reportorial job... ""This book is a mood, a mood of uneasiness and bitterness and pity and doubt that I brought back from Europe."" But it is more than that. Clare Boothe, dramatist, went to Europe to see and find out for herself what is going on, how it is related to America, what the people of Europe are doing and thinking and hoping. Here is what she witnessed and it seems to us, to date, the most dramatic, the most aware, the most feeling record of today's Europe which has appeared. With her name as an open sesame, she had entree to diplomatic, journalistic and aristocratic circles. The book is the record of how France and England failed democracy:- the ""Sitzkrieg"" on the Maginot Line; England counting on her Navy; the Low Countries during invasion. She questions, she evaluates, she analyzes the inertia, the ignorance, the miscalculation, the criminal complacency that defeated Europe last Spring. And she challenges America to face the same the problems here today.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1940
Publisher: Knopf