The Fall of the House of Savoy

SHORT REVIEWS

by Phoebe Adams

by Robert Katz. Macmillan, $12.50. Sliding over eight hundred years of undistinguished survival in a couple of chapters, Mr. Katz gets to his real topic, which is the House of Savoy as ruler of Italy and reluctant confederate of Mussolini. He tells the complicated story at length, with some humor and no sympathy. He also displays a disconcerting gift for the mixed metaphor and the witless modifier.