Mussolini: The Rise and Fall of Il Duce

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-22
  • Publisher: Griffin
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With his signature insight and compelling style, Christopher Hibbert explains the extraordinary complexities and contradictions that characterized Benito Mussolini.Mussolini was born on a Sunday afternoon in 1883 in a village in central Italy. On a Saturday afternoon in 1945 he was shot by Communist partisans on the shores of Lake Como. In the sixty-two years in between those two fateful afternoons Mussolini lived one of the most dramatic lives in modern history. Hibbert traces Mussolini's unstoppable rise to power and details the nuances of his facist ideology. This book examines Mussolini's legacy and reveals why he continues to be both revered and reviled by the Italian people.

Author Biography

Christopher Hibbert, "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George VI, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads. He lives in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Family Tree showing Mussolini's Ancestry and Descendantsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
The Fight for Power
The Young Rebel 29 July 1883-December 1912p. 2
The Interventionist October 1913-24 May 1915p. 19
The Fascist in the Making August 1915-28 October 1922p. 24
The head of the Government 28 October 1922-13 June 1924p. 35
The Dictator 13 June 1924-10 June 1940p. 47
Empire and Axis
The Diplomat 28 October 1922-10 June 1940p. 66
The Commander-in-Chief 10 June 1940-23 October 1942p. 127
The Fall of the Colossus
'The War is Going Badly' 23 October 1942-23 January 1943p. 146
The Conspirators November 1942-24 July 1943p. 160
The Grand Council Meeting 24-25 July 1943p. 173
The Arrest at Villa Savoia 25 July 1943p. 192
The Prisoner 25 July 1943-28 August 1943p. 196
On the Gran Sasso 28 August 1943-12 September 1943p. 217
The Rescue from Gran Sasso 12 September 1943p. 223
The Meeting at the Fuhrer's Headquarters 15 September 1943p. 236
The President at Gargnano-The First Year 27 September 1943-27 September 1944p. 241
The Civil War November 1943-December 1944p. 268
The President at Gargnano-The Final Months December 1944-April 1945p. 274
The Germans Surrender February-April 1945p. 282
The Move to Milan 19-25 April 1945p. 286
The Flight from Milan 25-27 April 1945p. 298
The Capture 27 April 1945p. 310
'Colonel Valerio' 27-28 April 1945p. 322
Death at Villa Belmonte 28 April 1945p. 328
The Piazzale Loreto 29 April 1945p. 333
Notes on Sourcesp. 335
Bibliographyp. 346
Indexp. 356
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