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Prelude to World War II
Prelude to World War II
By Gaetano Salvemini
Doubleday, 1954, 519 pp.

The core of this book, which was written some four years ago, is the Italo-Ethiopian conflict. Mussolini is revealed as gangster, but Professor Salvemini's chief targets are the British and French foreign offices, which he charges with more Machiavellianism and less blunder than they were probably guilty of. The earlier part of the book is a condensation of his "Mussolini Diplomatico" (noted here October 1952).