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This review is from: The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berl (Hardcover)
Anywhere else in Europe,Berlusconi would be in jail-but this is Italy we're talking about.Stille has written a very perceptive and highly critical biography of Silvio Berlusconi.It is all the better as it isn't a harangue,he largely lets the facts(or,in some cases,the lack of facts)of Berlusconi's career and life speak for themselves.
This month,Berlusconi's coalition returned to power.This book makes it clear that Berlusconi has no capacity for self-critcism,or abilty to listen to advice or learn from the past,so expect more of what Stille documents here-Berlusconi's solution for most of Italy's problems is more and more Berlusconi.
Stille also points out that the media politician is not just an Italian phenomenon,it's spread elsewhere,eg Bloomberg in New York.He also makes it clear that the Italian left has a lot to answer for,as it's been incapable of formulating an alternative programme,or even of defending basic democratic values,such as a pluralistic media.
Silvio may now be in power till 2012-God help Italy and the Italians.
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