Mussolini: A New Life

By Nicholas Farrell

Published by Independent (2018)

In his own time, the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was one of the most admired figures of his age.

Winston Churchill called him ‘the Roman Genius’ and Pope Pius XI said he was ‘sent by providence’ to save Italy.

Yet Mussolini has gone down in history as nothing more than a grotesque buffoon.

Drawing on freshly discovered material - including correspondence previously unavailable outside academia - this a revelatory biography of the Italian fascist leader and dictator puts him in a fresh light.

How did Mussolini manage to take power and hold on to it for two decades?

And how did he successfully curtail democracy without using mass murder to stay in command?

Farrell answers these questions and more, focusing particularly on Mussolini's fatal error: his alliance with Hitler, whom he despised.

Anyone interested in history, politics, and World War II will encounter an intriguing and startling picture of one of the 20th century's key figures.

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