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Mussolini: A New Life Hardcover – 12 Jun 2003
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We are setting a press date of 30 June for this title due to serialisation. Serial has now run with the first four-part extract in the 1 June edition of the MAIL ON SUNDAY: MUSSOLINI THE MAN WHO SEDUCED A NATION the headline shouted! A second extract also ran in IRELAND ON SUNDAY Press interest is strong, we are expecting reviews in all national papers though sadly we lost the NIGHTWAVES BBC RADIO 3 interview as the author is overseas. THE JEWISH CHRONICLE has also asked the author to write an article on how Mussolini was more of a friend to the Jews. And he has also written a double page spread for THE INDEPENDENT on Blair: the new Mussolini. I am also talking to the EXPRESS about apiece on the Daily Mail, Mussolini and Oswald Mosley. And another piece by afriend of the author on Mussolini and the Jews has also run in THE SPECTATOR. We are now receiving our first reviews: "A revisionist history which is notentirely without merit." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "A highly spirited and ratherremarkable book"ANDREW ROBERTS, DAILY TELEGRAPH "A new and substantial biogra
Revelatory life of Mussolini, by a talented new biographer drawing on newly discovered materialSee all Product description
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So, I sat and read this absorbing book. the Author makes clear the differences between Italian Fascism & the following Mussolini generated with his new "Third Way". He contrasts it with National-Socialism & Communism.
The different Dictatorial style of Hitler & Mussolini are the subject of much information & explanation. Mussolini's rise to power and reign as Dictator are achieved with very little bloodshed. Then because of France & Britain's poor diplomacy & Mussolini's indecisiveness & poor military ability Italy is drawn closer to Hitlers Nazi Germany and the inevitable slide to war occurs.
Then Mussolini is gradually shown by the Author to become a prevaricating buffoon and an indecisive clown due to his inability to make a decision early enough or stick to a course of action.
We all know how it ended for the man and his close associates. I am not sure if the author was trying to elicit some sympathy for Il Duce's end or not. If yes, it did not work.
An excellent book, well written, good source materials and absorbing and thought provoking.
The book is packed with details that interest and inform, for the most part it is written in a way that compels you to turn the pages and at its best reads like a thriller, for example the chapter on The Duce's betrayal by his closest colleagues entitled 'The Last Supper'. Farrell's excellent analysis of fascism as 'The Third Way' between socialism and capitalism reveals just why it had such popular appeal in the turmoil after the first world war.
The book is bound to provoke as it shows more sympathy to the dictator than is 'politically correct' but Farrell sets out the case why logically and consistently and forces us to re-examine our viewpoint and that demonstrates the book's merits.
For myself, I agree with Churchill's analysis that Mussolini's fatal character flaw was displayed in joining forces with Hitler and also with Farrell's comments that fascism probably would have ossified and become a spent force (cf Franco's Spain).
A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking read!!
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