EUROPE DOWNSTREAM by Leonard O. Mosley
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With clarity, precision and objectivity, Mosley, British foreign correspondent, traces the course of events in Europe as witnessed by himself and his wife, in the two and more years since their marriage. The emphasis is on what actually happens, rather than on the views of other witnesses, though one gets thumbnail sketches of leading figures on the European stage. With his finger on the pulse, Mr. Mosley seemed always able to keep one jump ahead, and so be on the spot when things began to happen (too much so at times, for his own and his wife's comfort). So often was he right that one takes his prognostications about Hitler's successor, who will be Himmler and not Goering, in Mosley's opinion, with some measure of serious consideration. His story encompasses not only the Czecho-Slovakian and Spanish debacles, but the steps leading up to the fall of Danzig and the conquest of Poland, and the linking up of Naziism and Stalinism. There is enough color and enough human interest to give spice to the telling, but the book is less personal than most of the journalist stories of the past years.

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1939
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran