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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Specialized historical perspective

    I bought a Nook and, within a few hours, was on a plane for Rome. I didn't know how it all worked, and had few books loaded on my new Nook - this was one of them. I have what some call a "learning personality," which seems to me to mean that I'm happy when I learn something new. So, Mr. Painter's book kept my interest through the concept of cityscapes/archicture/urban renewal as political tools. Surely future historians will be interested in changes to Rome wrought by Mussolini. For the general reader unfamiliar with Rome then and now, the level of detail about the fascist urban renewal project is overwhelming.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Recommended, if you are specialist

    I though this would be a lighter reading, but becomes a technical book that may be useful if, you are in Rome or you know Rome well (and of course, you must interested in architecture!). Haven't finished, I will keep it for (and if) I visit Rome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    not recommended.

    It would be nice to have some "before" and "after" pictures. An OK read but not great.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Not a good fit for an ereader

    Informative, but the pictures don't display well in an ereader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    very slow read

    The history is good but the book is boring

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Glad it was free

    Not in my area of interest

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Disappointing

    This would be a good book for someone who knows the architectural history of the city. I was looking more for Mussolini's Rome during his lifetime other than just the changes in the architect.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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