A good first hand reportorial job, written with emotion, sometimes overdone, and giving an inside picture of the conditions and mores of Austria. He takes up primarily the sociological rather than the political aspects, the reign of poverty, the lack of jobs, the morass of debt and financial chaos, the lust for luxurious indulgence, all of which led up to revolutionary ideas, militarization, and finally a reactionary government. The decline of moral values, prevalence of predatory love, a crime wave extending into all spheres. The final chapters deal with Dollfuss' and Schuschnigg's hopeless fight against dictatorship. There is a vast amount of human interest material, cases, documentation in this tragic picture of the decline of a great country. This book is addressed to the average newspaper reader rather than to the historian or sociologist.