Books: Double Exposure

Last month in Scotch Plains, N.J., a shoestring firm called Flanders Hall published a 115-page book called The 100 Families that Rule the Empire. Purportedly, it exposed the planet's best-known interlocking directorate—the British upper classes. Inadvertently, it exposed another, more modest, but significant.

The book was written by one Giselher Wirsing, editor of Munich's Muenchner Neueste Nachrichten. It was publicized as "a literary bombshell of Non-Intervention" by Prescott Dennett, Washington's one-man pro-Nazi Columbia Press Service. Its preface was by lynx-eyed George Sylvester Viereck, who gets $1,000 a month as "adviser and literary...

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