In This Review
Political Handbook of the World, 1949

Political Handbook of the World, 1949

By Walter H. Mallory

Harper (for the Council on Foreign Relations), 1949, 220 pp.

The striking development made manifest in the new edition of the "Political Handbook of the World" is the uniformity with which the Communists have absorbed the other parties in the East European countries. In Hungary and Rumania new "Workers Parties" now control the state. In Czechoslovakia the new ruling group is called the "National Front;" in Bulgaria it is the "Fatherland Front." All are Communist. The Handbook has up-to-date summaries of these changes, and, of course, all its usual well-organized and dependable information about the composition and objectives of political parties, and the ownership and political coloration of the press, in every country.