A KING'S HERITAGE by Peter II of Yugoslavia


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Putnam is planning nation-wide advertising for this, and as a simply, directly written autobiography it will have its snob appeal in the intimate pictures it gives of international royalty and personages as well as Yugoslavia's recent explosive political history. At 30, Peter is a young king who has faced an old man's trials. There is a boy-like sincerity, often a nostalgia as he writes of his youth and the very pleasant life at home and in England- marred by the assassination of his father when Peter was 11. At home again, his uncle Paul was regent and while still a boy Peter witnessed the pact with Axis powers and the last ditch stand of the Army that came to his aid to fight and lose to the Germans. In exile in England, Peter had to watch while history went its ironic way and while Mihallovich whom he always trusted, was branded by Tito's Communism, that started as a national movement, and then when the combination of greater forces played into its hands, was able to gain control. Left permanently in exile by Tito's victory, King Peter still hopes the ideals of western democracy will gain another footing in his wronged land. Sympathetic and sentimental, this has the quiet strength of firm convictions and the pathos of an era that has passed.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1954
Publisher: Putnam