This seems like a good idea -- or maybe it did at the time it was planned-but it doesn't quite come off. Somehow, the story of Germany, as glimpsed through the history of the world's largest publishing house, isn't something one wants particularly to read about. Nor is the astounding record of growth -- in less than a century -- from casual purchase of one small paper, to publishing an imposing number of newspapers, weeklies, illustrated journals, magazines of all types, and books, sufficiently dramatic a story in itself to carry to an American reading public. Readers in the field of publishing -- whether newspapers, magazine or book publishing -- will find it worth reading. I question the interest of the general public. Public Libraries and college and journalism schools may find it a valuable record of the struggle of the liberal press against the forces of Nazism.