O NUMBER OUR DAYS by Pierre  Paassen


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The author of the 1939 best seller, The Days of Our Years, writes again out of his own personal history and involvement with world events in this again autobiographical volume. van Paassen's Calvinist boyhood in Holland is richly remembered. There follow the years in Canada, where he studied for the ministry and preached in ining country. In World War I, he served under Colonel Ross MacDonald in France. After the war, his journalist's career began, and his stint for the Atlanta Constitution recalled with particular clarity. At this time he became an active proponent for ionism, a lifelong cause which had strange consequences when at the onset of World ar II he pleaded for a Jewish army...But most of van Peassen's book is taken up with is following of political currents from 1927 to 1940 in France most fully, in Spain, taly, England, Poland, as he interviewed key leaders, observed opposing parties and forces at work. The conflict of the Popular Front and the De La Rocque Croiz de Feu n France was an example of Fascism at work that he saw again in Spain. He has hard words to say about France's own schisms and self-defeat, about England's role in ermitting German power to develop and expand, of both nations' forcing Russia to the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. There is much more of this in some detail. van Paassen loses his volume with a recollection of Christmas in the trenches in 1917, when the ermans sang Heilige Nacht and the men went over the top to celebrate together. Then with some opinions on recent political moves, he points out that it is the will disarm that is lacking. Essentially this is valuable as inside reporting of the period culminating in World War II.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1964
Publisher: cribners