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Garibaldi and the Making of Italy: June-November, 1860 (Classic Reprint) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2018
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Garibaldi was indeed "....the man who gave his name to a popular British biscuit and his efforts to liberate Sicily from the Bourbons (also the name of a popular British biscuit, incidentally)."
These are extracts from my book "From Albania to Sicily"
GM Trevelyan, whose book I am now reveiwing, wrote his account of Garibaldi's successful taking of Palermo (in 1860) in 1909. He wrote the book using a wide range of available sources INCLUDING interviews that he was able to make with some of those men and women who had witnessed this event that led to the eventual unification of Italy.
Trevelyan covers a complex subject beautifully and in great detail. I was able to follow the twists and turns of this fascinating story without losing the plot or becoming lost in the sea of names of those who were involved with or against Garibaldi.
I have just visited Sicily including many of the places that Garibaldi and his army passed through as they made their way from Marsala to Palermo. Trevelyan's descriptions of the countryside ring very true even though he knew it more than 100 years before I visited it.
This book, which is the second of a trilogy that Trevelyan wrote to chronicle Garibaldi's amazingly varied life, is historical writing at its very best. By the way, the footnotes and appendices should not be ignored!