Balcony Empire

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Balcony Empire

By Reynolds and Eleanor Packard
Oxford University Press, 1942
380 pp. $3.00

This is one of the better journalistic accounts of contemporary Italy. The authors were in charge of the United Press Bureau in Rome during the three and a half years prior to their repatriation along with American diplomatic officers in Italy in June 1942. Though they can hardly be described as pro-Fascist, they show here and there a certain lack of those critical powers which one associates with journalism at its best. They feel, for instance, that Mussolini's régime was not so bad as long as it confined itself primarily to domestic "reform." They are also silent about the use of gas by the Fascists in Ethiopia, where they observed the war from the Italian side.

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