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The Strategy of Terror
The Strategy of Terror
By Edmond Taylor
Houghton, 1940, 278 pp

This is one of the most significant and revealing books yet published about the background of the present war. The author, who was head of the Paris bureau of the Chicago Tribune from 1933 to the end of 1939, made a habit of trying to discover and understand the psychological undercurrents which conditioned the diplomatic history of Europe from the summer of 1938 to the winter of 1940. He lays bare the technique by which the Nazis, employing all the weapons in the arsenal of psychological warfare, broke down the unity, the confidence and the will-to-resist of the French people before a single shot was fired along the Maginot Line. Though Mr. Taylor's analysis is confined largely to events in France, the Nazis' methods of disintegrating the morale of their enemies, as described by him, are of universal application.