First published in 1941 to considerable acclaim, this is a classic account of the last days of peace in Europe before the outbreak of the Second ... Show synopsis First published in 1941 to considerable acclaim, this is a classic account of the last days of peace in Europe before the outbreak of the Second World War. William Russell was a young American diplomat working at the US Embassy, in Hermann Goering Strasse, during the grim days of 1939 just prior to and after Germany's invasion of Poland. He had studied in Germany before joining his country's diplomatic corps, so both his knowledge of history and considerable linguistic skills would enable him to gain a unique experience of one of the most momentous periods in world history. And he does not miss any opportunity to write a totally absorbing account of both the horror and the farce which so often accompanies such epic times. This quite remarkable account deserves to find a whole new readership, revealing as it does, in intimate detail, a time when American diplomacy was forced to handle a Europe fast falling into an abyss of nightmares.