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G., R. (1947). Dario. A Fictitious Reminiscence: By Percy Winner. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1947. 175 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 16:258-259.

(1947). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 16:258-259

Dario. A Fictitious Reminiscence: By Percy Winner. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1947. 175 pp.

Review by:
R. G.

Mr. Winner is a rare exception among eminent journalists in interpreting the contemporary history he reports with a thorough knowledge and understanding of psychoanalysis. He has contributed noteworthy reviews of books to This QUARTERLY.

For four years in Italy in the 1920's, Winner observed fascism in statu nascendi. For the next five years he was News and Foreign Editor of the New York Evening Post, wrote magazine articles for Harpers, The New Republic, The Nation, The Commonweal, and other periodicals. He was chief correspondent for North America of the Havas News Agency of France and foreign radio commentator, speaking in French to France. During the war he served the government as chief of liaison with the British Political Warfare Executive, special assistant to the American Ambassador to Great Britain, deputy director of the Office of War Information, chief of propaganda operations on the staff of General Eisenhower, deputy commander of the Psychological Warfare Section of Allied Force Headquarters, and special field representative in Spain.

In Dario, Mr. Winner has written a composite narrative psychography of an Italian fascist. It is a book for the psychologically and politically mature reader, in which contemporary history and the psychological motivation of a paradigmatic fascist (compounded of personal experiences) are compactly and subtly woven into an absorbing personal diary which mounts to an inevitable but, to many, surprising denouement.

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