Books: Folklore of Fascism

In the early days of the Fascist dictators, U. S. citizens, confident that it could not happen here, made a political parlor game of speculating on a hypothetical U. S. dictator. After recent events in Europe the parlor game has become a little gruesome.

Ignazio Silone's The School for Dictators (Harper, $2.50) is not written for those who like to play games. Tall, dark, 38-year-old Ignazio Silone, whose two novels (Fontamara, Bread and Wine) have been called the sum total of modern Italian literature, has had intense first-hand experience under a Fascist dictator. Editor...

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