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Benito Mussolini — A Biography - Christopher Hibbert

Longmans, 1962, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, short closed tear to the foot of the upper panel, and a little dulled. Pages very gently age-tanned.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On a Sunday afternoon in July 1883 a boy was born in a small, comfortless room in a village in Central Italy. On a Saturday afternoon in April 1945 he was shot by Communist partisans on the shores of Lake Como. In the sixty-two years between those two fateful afternoons Benito Mussolini had lived one of the most dramatic lives in modern history. From a savage, uncontrollable schoolboy Mussolini grew to be a wild young man, compulsively sexual, arrogant, and bitter. He was a brilliant editor of the official Socialist newspaper, and, returning wounded from soldiering in 1917, headed the revolutionary movement known as Fascism. Against the background of his unchecked power and his grandiose schemes for the revival of Italian glory, the Duce’s conquest of Abyssinia, his hatred of Anthony Eden, his contempt for the League of Nations and his drift into alliance with Hitler are shown to be at least understandable, if not excusable. From his declaration of war in 1940 the story unfolds in mounting tragedy—the military defeats, the humiliating meetings with the victorious Führe, the rising feeling against Fascist corruption, the plots against Mussolini culminating in the dramatic Grand Council meeting and his arrest, his thrilling rescue from a mountain prison by glider-borne German commandos, the re-establishment of a puppet regime, his final months of illness and frustration before his capture, and then the final ignominy when the dead bodies of the Duce and his loyal mistress were strung up by the heels in front of a screaming mob in Milan.”
Size: 9" x 6"
Number of Pages: 368

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