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Mussolini : the last 600 days of il Duce, Ray Moseley

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Mussolini : the last 600 days of il Duce
Title
Mussolini
Title remainder
the last 600 days of il Duce
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Ray Moseley
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Language
eng
Review
  • With a lucid style and a well-paced narrative, Moseley chronicles how, while Hitler and Nazi Germany became more radical, Mussolini and Fascist Italy degenerated into chaos. Moseley, former chief European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and author of a highly regarded biography of Mussolini's foreign minister and son-in-law, Galeazzo Ciano (Mussolini's Shadow ), has written a welcome synthesis of the final months of the fascist regime, beginning in 1943. In doing so, he uncovers the venality, intrigue, corruption, treachery and barbarism of the Fascist and Nazi regimes. The day after the Allies invaded Sicily and made preparations for an invasion of the mainland while their planes were bombing Rome, Turin and Milan, Mussolini was deposed by King Victor Emmanuel III in a (for the time being) bloodless coup d'état. Moseley shows how Ciano was instrumental in this development and the tragic fate that awaited him. Mussolini is portrayed (accurately) as deflated, depressed and having come late to the realization that he had "ruined Italy." Moseley devotes chapters to the fate of the Roman Jews; the partisan underground; and wartime atrocities, (most of which are attributed to the Germans, thereby giving the false impression that Italian Fascists committed no war crimes). Moseley's telling of the theft of Mussolini's corpse and the return of a fragment of his brain reads like the plot of a bad horror film. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed May 31, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 22, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ Moseley (European correspondent, Chicago Tribune ) provides a detailed account of an often ignored period of Mussolini's regime. Even R.J.B. Bosworth, in his mammoth biography, Mussolini , devotes only a few sentences to the final months of the dictator's tumultuous 23-year reign. Moseley follows Il Duce from his arrest by the pro-Allied government in July 1943 and does not give up the trail until Mussolini's final burial in Predappio in July 1956. In the process, he reveals much about this complex character while evoking the dynamics of the virulent factionalism that characterized postwar Italy. Moseley emphasizes that Mussolini may have wound up a mutilated corpse in a public plaza in Milan with only a few minions and his mistress by his side, but the charismatic dictator's legacy still haunts modern Italy. Moseley displays an impressive familiarity with the relevant primary and the secondary sources and provides an excellent dramatis personae and a chronology that will help readers stay focused. The result is the most balanced account available of Mussolini's last 600 days. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.—Jim Doyle, Sara Hightower Regional Lib., Rome, GA --Jim Doyle (Reviewed June 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 11, p78)
Biography type
individual biography
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264973
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1932-
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Moseley, Ray
Dewey number
945.091
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Mussolini, Benito
  • Heads of state
  • Fascism
  • Italy
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the last 600 days of il Duce
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Mussolini : the last 600 days of il Duce, Ray Moseley
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0412/2003026579.html
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000025161452
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
432 p.
Isbn
9781589790957
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
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Label
Mussolini : the last 600 days of il Duce, Ray Moseley
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0412/2003026579.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000025161452
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
432 p.
Isbn
9781589790957
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Other physical details
plates

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