M. Romains is principally known for his gigantic tour-de-force, "Men of Good Will." The world was therefore considerably startled to learn, on the publication of the present book, that for a number of years prior to the outbreak of the current war M. Romains engaged off and on in amateur diplomatic negotiations with some of the principal political personalities of Western Europe, in an effort to avert another catastrophe like that of 1914-1918 on which he has written so much historical fiction. Among his confidants were such men as Otto Abetz, Henri de Man and Georges Bonnet. It is scarcely any wonder, then, that on almost every page the credulity of M. Romains is amply documented.
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