Books: Fellow Traveler

MEMOIRS (634 pp.)—Franz von Papen —Dutton ($6.50).

A dapper, white-haired aristocrat whose socks always matched his ties, he looked like a slick silver fox. Americans knew him for years from the headlines as a practitioner of duplicity, not diplomacy. One of the nimblest side-changers since Talleyrand, Franz von Papen managed to serve the Kaiser, the Weimar Republic and the Nazis, and to save his neck through two world wars, countless purges, and the Nürnberg war-crimes trials. His Memoirs are a long apologia to prove that he lived "in the service of God and my...

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