Fascinating insider's view of the Italian government in 1939-1942,
This review is from: The Ciano Diaries 1939-1943: The Complete, Unabridged Diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1936-1943 (Paperback)
Ciano was an interesting character and one of the central players in the Italian government in the first half of the Second World War. He enjoyed close relations with and the confidence of both his father in law, Mussolini and the king. As such, his diary offers fascinating insights as to the nature of the Fascist government, relations between Italy, Germany, and other nations (particularly Albania, Hungary and Romania), politics within the Italian military leadership and also, interesting observations about the leading personalities of other European nations. There is surprisingly little about military operations despite that Ciano flew operational sorties as a pilot. Taking a more realistic view of Italy's war making potential than Mussolini did and fearing a German domination of Europe, Ciano strongly opposed Italy's entry in to the war and when the war turned against the Axis, Ciano eventually lost influence and was executed at German instigation.
The translation read well, the diaries themselves contain relatively little of the less interesting personal material which characterises most diaries never intended for publication and over all, I thought a very worthwhile read.
The Ciano Diaries 1939-1943: The Complete, Unabridged Diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1936-1943(3 customer reviews)