The authors have served many years as Rome correspondents for, respectively, the London Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Cremona was recently expelled from Italy, apparently on the theory that he was of Jewish origin. Their book is the best treatment of its subject, and though it makes no pretensions to thorough scholarship, shows a familiarity with such sources as are available. For the rest, the authors have relied on their own extensive personal knowledge. On the whole they manage to keep a middle course between the pro- and anti-Fascist schools of interpretation.