Lincoln Kirstein, Review, 'nation', August 1939
It is a diary, with photographic and verse commentaries. The initial shock is Isherwood's. His 'Good-bye to Berlin' suffered a curious fate in America. Brilliantly reviewed, as it well deserved, it was nevertheless allowed to lapse
almost unadvertised, as if its publishers were upset by the attitude of the author toward pre-Hitler Berlin. This attitude was different from the loose and merely indignant expressions which are currently fashionable in liberal literary circles. It is Isherwoodfs particular talent to hunt deeper than apparent outrage or obvious injustice. He tries to find the root of terror and frequently does. The actual search is disturbing, but what he finds is more so.