I found it incredible to read that in 1848, only 2.5% of the people in the area that would become Italy spoke Italian. The e-book starts by describing the life and victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. There were eight different republics in Italy after the invasions of Napoleon. The election of Pope Pius IX and his reforms were other factors that would help drive the formation of Italy. Austria’s occupation of parts of Italy would be one more factor that led to the formation of Italy. The battle called the Five Days of Milan was quite interesting because it was true urban combat where rural members of the community fought the Austrians. The e-book indicated that Italy was technically united in 1860, but the area now known as Italy only came about after World War I. One major problem created by the unification of Italy was that Italians had no idea of what they wanted from unification. The e-book describes the many leaders who were involved in the process of unification from 1847 to World War II. The story of the unification of Italy is complex. The book tells an interesting story, but I suspect that one needs to read a larger history of the formation of Italy.