Mussolini The Rise and Fall of Il Duce

ISBN-10: 0230606059

ISBN-13: 9780230606050

Edition: 2008

Authors: Christopher Hibbert

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With his signature insight and compelling style, Christopher Hibbertnbsp;explains the extraordinary complexities and contradictions that characterized Benito Mussolini.nbsp; Mussolininbsp;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 thenbsp;sixty-two years in between those two fateful afternoons Mussolini lived one of the most dramatic lives in modern history. Hibbert traces Mussolini'snbsp;unstoppable rise to power andnbsp;details the nuances of hisnbsp;facist ideology. This book examines Mussolini's legacy and reveals why henbsp;continues to benbsp;both revered and reviled by the Italian people.
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Christopher Hibbert: March 5, 1924 -- December 21, 2008 Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). Hibbert was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962 for The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicester. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.

Illustrations
Family Tree showing Mussolini's Ancestry and Descendants
Foreword
Preface
The Fight for Power
The Young Rebel 29 July 1883-December 1912
The Interventionist October 1913-24 May 1915
The Fascist in the Making August 1915-28 October 1922
The head of the Government 28 October 1922-13 June 1924
The Dictator 13 June 1924-10 June 1940
Empire and Axis
The Diplomat 28 October 1922-10 June 1940
The Commander-in-Chief 10 June 1940-23 October 1942
The Fall of the Colossus
'The War is Going Badly' 23 October 1942-23 January 1943
The Conspirators November 1942-24 July 1943
The Grand Council Meeting 24-25 July 1943
The Arrest at Villa Savoia 25 July 1943
The Prisoner 25 July 1943-28 August 1943
On the Gran Sasso 28 August 1943-12 September 1943
The Rescue from Gran Sasso 12 September 1943
The Meeting at the Fuhrer's Headquarters 15 September 1943
The President at Gargnano-The First Year 27 September 1943-27 September 1944
The Civil War November 1943-December 1944
The President at Gargnano-The Final Months December 1944-April 1945
The Germans Surrender February-April 1945
The Move to Milan 19-25 April 1945
The Flight from Milan 25-27 April 1945
The Capture 27 April 1945
'Colonel Valerio' 27-28 April 1945
Death at Villa Belmonte 28 April 1945
The Piazzale Loreto 29 April 1945
Notes on Sources
Bibliography
Index
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