Garibaldi: Hero of Italian Unification

Overview

Giuseppe Garibaldi was praised for his military genius, his courage, and his charisma. Known as the "Hero of Two Worlds," Garibaldi's military prowess extended to the Americas, where he played a major role in the Brazilian struggle for independence. During his fight for Italian unification Garibaldi personally led an army of local untrained rebels to victory in Palermo, Naples, and Sicily. His forces suffered from lack of equipment, food, and money, and yet Garabaldi ...

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Overview

Giuseppe Garibaldi was praised for his military genius, his courage, and his charisma. Known as the "Hero of Two Worlds," Garibaldi's military prowess extended to the Americas, where he played a major role in the Brazilian struggle for independence. During his fight for Italian unification Garibaldi personally led an army of local untrained rebels to victory in Palermo, Naples, and Sicily. His forces suffered from lack of equipment, food, and money, and yet Garabaldi commanded their fierce loyalty. Christopher Hibbert reveals how this iconic figure earned the adulation of not only his fellow Italians, but people across the globe.

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"...an admirable piece of work.  Besides giving us a vivid account of Garibaldi's successes and misfortunes, it supplies a dramatic picture of his personality.  Mr. Hibbert's treatment of his subject, though never unsympathetic, is distinguised thorugh its realism and candour." - Peter Quennell, author of Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute
 
“Hibbert is a remarkably prolific popular historian, who can take on almost anything, from Dickens to General Wolfe, from Agincourt to Garibaldi.” – The Observer

“A vivid biography of the hero of making modern Italy.” – The Times (London) on Garibaldi
Praise for Christopher Hibbert:
 

"The writing of history is an exercise in instruction; but that is no reason why it should not also be an exercise in rhetoric, for there is a voluptas to the texture of history that is best conveyed by good writing. Gibbon understood this, so did Macaulay. And so does Christopher Hibbert."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230606067
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 508,763
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hibbert, "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George VI, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads. He lives in Henley-on-Thames, England.

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Table of Contents


Illustrations     v
Plans     ix
Foreword     xiii
Preface     xvii
1807-1859
'Apostles of a new religion'     3
'An eagle hovering in the upper heights'     17
'A man of destiny'     24
The Siege of Rome     45
The French Attack     71
The Fall of Rome     81
The Retreat to San Marino     100
The Flight to Portiglione     110
'A place to settle'     121
'Viva la Francia!'     133
War in the Alps     146
'Love and Duty'     163
1860
'The Negation of God'     175
The sailing of The Thousand     200
The Battle of Calatafimi     211
The Capture of Palermo     219
The Dictator of the Two Sicilies     238
The Battle of Milazzo     247
Calabria     261
Naples     275
The Volturno     294
1861-1882
'Roma o morte!'     317
London, 1864     339
'The Scourge of Italy'     352
Caprera     357
References     369
Sources     394
Index     409
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