Books: Viennese Waltz

THE EAGLES DIE: FRANZ JOSEPH, ELISABETH, AND THEIR AUSTRIA by GEORGE R. MAREK 532 pages. Harper & Row. $12.50.

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire for 68 years, succumbing at last at age 86, two years after the start of World War I. When Franz Joseph succeeded to its command, the Habsburg holdings included Milan and Venice, Prague and Cracow, as well as Vienna and Budapest. Within two years of his death, the empire had been reduced to the small country, centered on Vienna, that it essentially is today. The Eagles Die is the story of that Habsburg sunset,...

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