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Is there really any ground for describing Maltzan as "oriental" , "not quite European" and "un-Germanic"? It is true that he strongly supported the Rapallo policy. But so did many, indeed most, good Germans; and Maltzan afterwards made a quite successful German Ambassador in Washington. The soure es quoted for an alleged offer by Seeckt in the summer of 1920 "for cooperation between the Reichswehr and the Red Army 'against Versailles' " are dubious. More serious, the reader may feel that the author makes unnecessarily heavy weather over Stresemann.
He has his strong personal feelings about them, which colour the narrative and give life to it. There is no nonsense about being fair to those whom he dislikes (most of all, Schleicher) or seeing the warts on the faces of those whom he likes (for example, Brüning and Groener). The constant emotional tension, combined with a crisp and pungent style, makes the whole story not merely readable, but fascinating. This is a noteworthy book. Much of the story has become familiar, but even those parts which have been told most often were worth telling again.
One of its most fascinating features is the elarity with whieh the differing temperaments and points ofview ofthe British dramatis personae emerge from his skilful treatment. Lloyd George was ineomparably the quiekestwitted and most pereeptive ofthe group. About the essentials ofthe Russian problem he was far more often right than wrong-whieh is more than ean be said of almost any other of the statesmen in Paris. But he knew and eared litde about foreign affairs, exeept in so far as they impinged on the domestie politieal scene.