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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230606059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230606050
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Hibbert wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in December 2008.

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"Christopher Hibbert is a wonderful narrative historian who has illuminated many corners of Italian life and history. He has the gift of creating scenes and characters, of rendering the vividness of the past. His ""Mussolini"" is no exception. He manages to convey both the charisma and ""dilettantismo"" of Mussolini the revolutionary leader as well as the later folly of "Il Duce", the dictator who began increasingly to believe his own rhetoric -- ''Mussolini is always right' -- in leading his country into World War and ruin." --Alexander Stille, award-winning author of ""Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian-Jewish Families Under Fascism"", and of ""The Sack of Rome: Media + Money + Celebrity = Power = Silvio Berlusconi"" Praise for Christopher Hibbert: "Hibbert is a remarkably prolific popular historian, who can take on almost anything, from Dickens to General Wolfe, from Agincourt to Garibaldi." - "The Observer""An excellent account...balanced and perceptive in outlook...well-written and entertaining."--"Economist" "[Hibbert] is a superbly skillful historical writer."--"The Spectator""" "An adroitly written evocation of a compelling but enigmatic personality, a man whose ambition, idealism and opportunism would not seem out of place on the political scene today."--"Publishers Weekly "on" Disraeli" "Hibbert's lively and engaging portrait of Benjamin Disraeli joins the author's numerous other well-received, popular biographies...A supremely readable and enjoyable study of a colorful, often astonishing and modern character."--"Library Journal "on" Disraeli"

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A gripping biography of Italy's infamous dictator


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Mussolini: Rise and fall of Il Duce 10 Oct. 2010
By Joe T. - Published on Amazon.com
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Probably the best book on Mussolini and Facist Italy I have ever read. The author's style and pace are excellent ( for me ) and he makes Mussolini seem like a real, flesh and blood, here and now kind of figure. Familiar historical information was presented in a way that made much of it more relevant to Mussolini's era. This is a book that will stay in my reference library and one that I will reccomend to those looking for a first rate book on a most interesting dictator. Should be a must read for anyone interested in WWII personalties. Joe Turner
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Hibbert's a great writer 2 May 2013
By Dennis Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read other books by Hibbert, and he is great in all of them. Somehow he makes the famous seem personal, and wonderful footnotes. Anyone wanting to understand more about Fascism and/or Mussolini should read this book.
Great book about a man most have ignored 30 July 2014
By John Brent Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is easy to get into. The author makes it very enjoyable and yet filled with facts and enough details to make it count as a historical work . I am still reading it and finding it to be very enjoyable. .
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Review of Mussolini: The RIse and fall of II Duce 13 Mar. 2013
By John C. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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Always thought Mussolini would have been better advised to focus on Italy, rather than go looking for glory and/or conquests elsewhere. Look at Franco, he managed to stay in power for decades and died an old man, rather than being shot and hung upside down like Mussolini. But then Spain under Franco took decades to emerge into a booming economy like Italy which had the Marshall Plan coming out of the Second World War. So better for the dictator to mind his own country like Franco, but better for the country to follow Mussolini and have the benefits of foreign investment capital.
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Mussolini Book 4 Jun. 2011
By Mark Giardina - Published on Amazon.com
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As a history major in college this book didn't offer any new insight into the life of Benito Mussolini. Normally Hibbert is an excellent writer. However this book isn't one of his best.
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