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Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Very interesting read!

I never really thought about how a political system can actually shape a city until I read this book. This is a fascinating read for anyone who's interested in either history or architecture, and I would even recommend it for anyone just looking for a thought-provoking ...
I never really thought about how a political system can actually shape a city until I read this book. This is a fascinating read for anyone who's interested in either history or architecture, and I would even recommend it for anyone just looking for a thought-provoking read.

posted by DrewGeoff on June 16, 2011

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24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Informative, got a tad lost.

I will confess, I knew very little about Rome during Mussolini's reign. Therefore, when I started to read this book, I could quickly become lost at times. This is a book to read in addition to basic knowledge, rather than a book FOR basic knowledge.
However, that is n...
I will confess, I knew very little about Rome during Mussolini's reign. Therefore, when I started to read this book, I could quickly become lost at times. This is a book to read in addition to basic knowledge, rather than a book FOR basic knowledge.
However, that is not to say this is not a good book. It is. It is well written, very informative, with great footnotes for further information, as well as pictures that aid rather than detract. If you don't have basic knowledge, it is still very rewarding but will be a bit harder of a read through than if you have that knowledge. If you are interested in Rome as a city, Italian history before and during WWII, or politics and their influence on architecture-this is a must read.

posted by Voracious_Bookworm on June 5, 2011

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Mussolini's Rome

    I was very disappointed with this book. It was a long, long report on construction in Rome and the environs during the 20-year Mussolini rule. So detailed and boring were the reports that we were told how many rows of photographs and how many prints per row were exhibited in a museum. If you really must read this book (because it is free) start on Chapter 7 or maybe 6; thereafter, you will find a little about the war and what the Italian citizens thought about fascism. Oh, there was one humorous fact that was revealed early: that the corporate role in the fascist scheme never really got launched during Mussolini's day. On another subject, the book showed me a major disadvantage of the ebook readers, i.e. that you can't skim. Instead you have to plow through many dreary pages to see if there is some history in there somewhere.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This is a book based on detailed research. Well done, and detailed. It is not for the casual reader - but - for one who is interested in the history of Roman during Mussolini's years in power, and some insight as to why he sided with Hitler.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Educational

    If you are an architect/city designer, this is a very educational book. It's too dry & date conscious for comfortable reading. A student of history would also enjoy this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Confused

    It has not appeared on my Nook account on my ipad2. I'll try to find it again, but I have tried multiple times. I'm new to the ipad2 so I probably have done something wrong.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Don't recommend

    Only read if you are really bored. The writer keeps on repeating the same thing over and over. I recommend reading Emperors of Rome first just to know what he is writting about. I bought this book for .99 cents, not bad for a buck.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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