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Ciano's Diary: 1937-1943 Paperback – 18 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (18 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842124765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842124765
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Count Galeazzo Ciano was Mussolini's foreign minister and son-in-law. After several Axis defeats in 1942, Ciano became one of many Fascist proponents of a separate peace with the Allies. The suspicious Mussolini dismissed his entire Cabinet (Feb. 5, 1943), and Ciano was appointed ambassador to the Vatican. Nonetheless, Ciano and other leading Fascists retained enough power at the historic meeting of the Grand Council (July 24/25, 1943) to force Mussolini's resignation. When the new government was preparing charges of embezzling against him, the immensely rich Ciano fled Rome. He was captured by pro-Mussolini partisans and Germans in northern Italy. In 1944, on Mussolini's orders, he was brought to trial on a charge of treason, found guilty, and executed by a shot in the back.

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This is a detailed and intimate diary of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Mussolini's son in law and Foreign Minister from 1937 to 1943. Ciano was a charming but corrupt Italian dignitary who was outspoken both in public and in his diary. It gives a fascinating account of Mussolini's feelings in the years leading to the war and during the first four years of the conflict.
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At least half of Ciano's Diary is forgery, cleverly concocted by British Intelligence. Major Bridge presented their draft manuscript to Eugen Dollmann for his knowledgable verdict, while Dollmann was a POW in Italy in 1945. Eugen Dollmann was the German interpretor for the Reich in Italy, between the Italian and German leaders, and he knew Ciano well, and about what really happened. He says to Major Bridge in his book, Call me Coward, pgs 32-33 'I think you've done very well indeed. For an innocent it would all sound very convincing no doubt, but for anyone who knew Ciano at all well it would be absurd.'
And he says, 'It is quite certain that half the stuff I had read hadn't come from Ciano at all. Secretly I was rather impressed - who would have credited the British with so much guile.'
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A diary is a diary and not a historical review of events with additional information.

Frankly I found 1937 to 1939 a bit boring.It got much more interesting once the War started and very revealing concerning the German approach to Italy as an ally. Ciano's end seemed to come very quickly and being a Diary was not fully explained which frustrated me.
Not a book that I would refer to on any matter concerning WW2
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iI read this book and found it dangerously informative for it"s time.
a classic case of "wrong place wrong time" it makes one wonder what
he had written on the removed pages!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Battle--Ciano diaries--Nikon J1 guide--Inside 3 Reich--Winter of the World-Lawrence in Arabia.- 29 Aug. 2013
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Last Battle still in the oven-Ciano diaries,very interesting( Not finished yet)-Nikon J1 guide in the oven--Inside 3 Reich,not finished yet--Winter of the World,not as good as former---Lawrence in Arabia delivered few hours ago.
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