Part of this I read in the S.E.P. Much of that I reread in completed galley proofs. It is infinitely better as an integrated whole than in small detached segments, not too successfully edited. The chapters interlock, the merging elements make the whole picture emerge upon more sharply and with surer focus, The ""seven mysteries"" are Daladier, Gamelin, Leopold III, The English, The Nazi, Von Ribbentrop and Co., and the final chapter Who Saved Fascism? with the answer Laval, and the English conservatives. But the book is more than a collection of characterizations, a personal picture of his own very important part as unofficial liaison ambassador between nations. One gets a full background of seething elements in France, and to a lesser degree in other parts of Europe, and the steps by which diaster came. And you get many men besides those specifically named --and many points of view. At time Romains seems to stand as advocate for any method to preserve peace; but his eyes were opened, and this is his contribution to the greatest mystery --why France fell.