Il Duce and His Women

Il Duce and His Women


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Il Duce and His Women by Roberto Olla

Il Duce and His Women charts the main events in Mussolini’s private and public life, from his humble beginnings in Romagna as the son of a blacksmith to his years as the director of a leading Socialist newspaper and his irresistible rise to power, with a particular focus on his renowned appetite for women, and the lesser-known influence they had on his decision-making. The result is a riveting account that will shock and haunt its readers for a long time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846881831
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Roberto Olla is an award-winning writer and TV journalist. He has produced a number of internationally acclaimed history documentaries, including The Last Godfathers and Emigrants. His other books include More Cherries, Please, Uncle, Combat Film and The Non-Persons: Italians in the Holocaust.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Blacksmith's Strength 21

Chapter 2 Three Knives 33

Chapter 3 Youth and Dances 45

Chapter 4 Exiles in Switzerland 57

Chapter 5 Teacher, Soldier and Journalist 71

Chapter 6 The Two Racheles and Prison 97

Chapter 7 Banquets and Drawing Rooms 111

Chapter 8 Scent of a Woman 123

Chapter 9 More Weapons, More Mistresses 147

Chapter 10 A Corpse in the Naviglio Canal 169

Chapter 11 A Military Encampment 193

Chapter 12 A Woman's Influence 227

Chapter 13 In Bed with the Leader 249

Chapter 14 The Art of Power 271

Chapter 15 Beyond Good and Evil 295

Chapter 16 The Brand of Fascism 329

Chapter 17 Home Is Where the Heart Is 353

Appendices 387

Appendix 1 Mussolini and the Crowd 389

Appendix 2 Key Figures 417

Notes and References 452

Index 465

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