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From the Publisher"Superb. . . poignant. . . There is nothing tendentious about The Woman Who Shot Mussolini; rather, its wit and modesty, especially on the question of why Gibson did what she did, make the book a beguiling detective story and, as such, a meditation on the limits of biography. . . . Saunders writes with a clarity of purpose, an eloquence and a satiric edge that refreshes and astonishes."
"A tour de force informed by the author's keen understanding of the social and political issues that galvanized the times. . . . Saunders gives [Gibson's story] an elegance, depth and sensibility that would have eluded less competent biographers."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Saunders masterfully sketches the European aesthetic and intellectual ferment that followed World War I. . . Saunders has given us a woman to reckon with."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Unearths an impressive amount of information about Gibson. . . . A thorough, well-written biography of an enigmatic figure.”
"Tantalizing. . ."
—The Guardian (UK)
"Tender, meticulous, and punctuated with arresting photographs."
—The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Passionately eloquent. . . A deeply felt account of an undoubtedly tragic life."
—The Times (UK)
“A completely fascinating and disturbing story written with consummate elegance and unsettling power. A forgotten corner of twentieth-century history brilliantly revealed to us.”
—William Boyd, author of Ordinary Thunderstorms and Restless
“Intrigue, social history, tragic reversal, madness, and moral gravity—Frances Stonor Saunders gives readers all of it in this unforgettable story. A tour de force.”
—James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews
“A brilliant excavation of one of history's lost stories: a lone British woman on a mission to assassinate the man who created Fascism. Wonderfully told on a broad canvas and intimate in its details, The Woman Who Shot Mussolini reminds us that in the end the accidents of history rule supreme.”
—Dorothy Gallagher, author of All the Right Enemies: The Life and Murder of Carlo Tresca
“The Woman Who Shot Mussolini is an amazing reconstruction of an unknown and important story. Writing crisply and movingly, Frances Stonor Saunders gives us a new and profound understanding of the experience of all Italians during the Mussolini era.”
—Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman