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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 June 16, 2011

    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 read.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Highly recommended

    As an American of Italian ancestry I found this book enthralling. In matter of architecture I found it enlightening. When we travel to Rome we will use this book as a guide.

    The background to Rome's history between the wars was well developed and well documented. Mussolini would have arguably been hailed as important if he as had Franco stayed out of the Second World War. However in a desired to not be out match by Hitler he failed to preserve his legacy as a builder. Instead he will go down in history as megalomaniac. However, much of modern Rome still bears his marks.

    In regard to the Papacy he is fairly balanced with a few minor errors. Pius XII was not given much credit for protecting the Jewish population of Italy. A mere mention of Scrivener's work is important and should be followed up. The Pope has taken some untrue hits about his ignoring the Jewish peoples' problems. He opened the churches and monastic house to them in order that they might be saved. At least this truth is foot noted.

    None-the-less this is an important subject and an important work that should be read and if you go to Rome you will be lost without it.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Awsome

    A great insite on how he changed Italy

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Great Read

    A must read...Highly recommend

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Interesting read

    While I did not read the entire book, I did read sections that pertained to some of the issues that my students were studying. I found it to be an interesting read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    amazing

    imformative very good

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Interesting and for free you can't go wrong! Worth the time to r

    Interesting and for free you can't go wrong! Worth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Very Good!

    Very good historical review, gives a very different perspective on how this Facist leader actually contributed to the Eternal city.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    A wonderful little book about Rome, espcially if you've been the

    A wonderful little book about Rome, espcially if you've been there. I've been to so many of the places mentioned in the book. This was a find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Good History Book on Italy

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    Posted February 19, 2012

    Yea

    I like cheese

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    belle

    he was an evil man.. a must read for history!

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