A dead leaf out of the long distant past, in the memoirs of an ex-Austrian Prince who served with Dolfuss and Schuschnigg. Rambling record of minor details detracts from the more important picture of the weakening power of Mussolini and the strengthening death grip of the Nazi threat. He championed Mussolini; he became involved with Hitler in the early putsch; finally, he turned open enemy. The book rambles from apologia for early mistakes in judgment to confidence in his ultimate decision to fight with De Gaulle. Strange personality -- a typical fascist mind, an aristocrat from one of Austria's oldest families, and now fighting for democracy. Snob appeal.