This is a challenging and a disturbing book. Disturbing because a careful analysis of ""straws in the wind"" as to what is proposed for Italy after the foreordained defeat suggests a policy of expediency, of ""fascism without Mussolini"", of playing ball with those elements that are already tempering the wind to the shorn lamb, Challenging because they say ""it will be impossible to make a democratic omelette without breaking "", and that the Italian people, those underground forces ripe for revolution, should now be psychologically prepared for the opportunity to establish a republican form of government. They discuss the relation of the Fascists, the Crown, the to the present regime, and to any possible future regime. This is a fearless book, a controversial book, some will feel it an extreme book in its pattern of change. I found it exciting reading, particularly as the invasion of Sicily was under way while I read, and the problems presented seemed imminent -- dangerously so, if the indications of our State Department pleas are as he sees them. The final section charts a blueprint for reconstruction.