A revealing view of the changing temper of Italian foreign policy as exposed by Mussolini's Foreign Minister (and son-in-law) in a diary completed while he awaited ""liquidation"" in jail. A book that informed readers will find absorbingly interesting, but that the general public will find difficult to read without fuller annotations than are likely. Names, historical references etc. assume a degree of intimate awareness of Italian affairs. The general effect is anti-German, anti-belligerent -- the record runs from 1939 to 1943 and in the main it is a close-up of the leaders of the Axis world, of Mussolini's descent from dean of dictators to Hitler's snivelling henchmen. There are titbits of gossip -- frequent evidence of naivete -- the rotting of the core of Fascism -- and a belated condemnation on moral grounds of the Duce and his foreign policy, while defending King and Vatican.