Books: Background for War

Three recent books that light up the background of Europe's war:

> THE REVOLUTION OF NIHILISM—Hermann Rauschning—Alliance ($3). Already famous in Europe, where it appeared in 1938, The Revolution of Nihilism predicted the Nazi conquest of Czechoslovakia and an eventual German-Russian alliance.

Son of a Prussian officer, himself trained in a military school, Rauschning is an East Prussian Junker who joined the Nazis in 1931 because he could see no other way out for Germany's desperation. He became President of the Danzig Senate, Hitler's go-between in his off-stage talks with Poland's...

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