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The Sack of Rome: Media + Money + Celebrity = Power = Silvio Berlusconi

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Alexander Stille does an excellent job of describing in detail t

    Alexander Stille does an excellent job of describing in detail the intrinsic corruption of the Italian political system, as well as the manipulation of the system for the personal benefit of Berlusconi.  Stille also  includes a warning of potentially similar  results should the American system continue on what seems to be a discernible track to permit control of the political process by a powerful elite.  The version I read was published in 2006, and one could understand Mr. Stille's  point of view in light of President Bush's errors in the Middle East, and the apparent early disregard of the press to thoroughly investigate the administration. Perhaps Mr. Stille would not be so naive to think that this still is only a threat from conservative elements in the U.S.  In fact, Stille's endless efforts to indicate a similarity between Berlusconi and all Republicans since Reagan seems almost laughable when one now sees the manner in which the "main stream" media in the U.S. chose to turn a blind eye to just about anything that the Obama Administration has initiated (the Affordable Care Act debacle, IRS scandals, Benghazi, etc.)  The book would have been much better if Stille had addressed Italy and Berlusconi, and done more to balance his criticisms of the American system.  Perhaps then the reader would be more alarmed by the financial control of all facets of the U.S. political system.  I still recommend this book, just try not to be sidetracked by the apparent bias. 

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  • Posted October 9, 2008

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    Don't judge a book by its subtitle

    If the terrible subtitle of this book prevents you from buying and reading it, you're making a big mistake. HUGE! This book is among the finest piece of political journalism I have ever read. Stille begins by painting a vivid picture of the last 30 years of Italian politics, that does a great job of setting the stage for Berlusconi's emergence as Europe's most beloved and most hated politician. Stille's often-funny prose reads like a novel and contains all the elements of a great tragedy from Berlusconi's unstoppable rise to his jaw-dropping corruption.

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