Riddle of the Reich

By Wythe Williams
ON the basis of regular sources of information, such as books, newspapers, and journals, combined with private reports which come through clandestine channels, a well-known radio commentator, Mr. Wythe Williams, in collaboration with Dr. Albert Parry, tries to evaluate Germany’s position today and to cast the horoscope of the war. It is easier, perhaps, to set forth the ‘ riddle of the Reich ‘ than it is to solve it. The private information which constitutes the most interesting part of the book is naturally varied and sometimes contradictory. I he authors seem to be on fairly firm ground, however, when they reject the wishful thought ot imminent revolution in Germany or in the occupied countries. They believe that the peasants and the middle class are more favorably disposed toward the Nazi regime than the industrial workers, and they describe the underground movement in Germany as small although resolute. Mr. Williams sees America emerging from the war as the strongest power on earth and believes that it is our manifest destiny ‘to doctor and reeducate Europe and Asia until they can stand on their own feet without hurting or crowding anyone else.’ The solid information in the book is conveyed in the capsule form of a lurid journalese style.
W. H. C.