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Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

‘Il Duce', Benito Mussolini, was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Famed for his dictatorial style, his political cunning and admired - initially - by Hitler, Mussolini led the National Fascist Party and ruled Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. In so doing, he paved the way towards Italy's defeat in World War Two, and some of the 20th century's most destructive ideologies and practices.

Following expulsion from Italian Socialist Party, Mussolini denounced all efforts of class conflict, and instead later commanded a Fascist March on Rome to become the youngest Prime Minister in Italian history. Thereafter he set about dismantling the apparatus of democracy and initiated what would become known as the one-party totalitarian state. With World War II came defeat, humiliation and his bloody deposing.

Explaining his ideologies, policies, actions and flaws, Mussolini: History in an Hour is the concise life of the man whose ideas helped create some of the worst horrors of the modern history.

©2014 Rupert Colley (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

“If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past.” (Dominic Sandbrook)
“The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History in an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age. Colley writes in an attractively readable style, and manages to convey the huge story that is WWII in a logical and accessible manner” (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
“This is genius” (MacWorld.com)

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Will help you know Mussolini and his times.

Understanding Mussolini is difficult as he contradicted himself on almost everything. However, this books lets you know the man, his personality, his decisions that impacted lives of many and after going through this book, you may not hate him as much as you do. That is not to say that you will like him. This book served my purpose well.

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  • A. Morris
  • 08-03-17

Great commute listen

My 2nd in an hour series. Excellent narration. Interesting facts. I know a bit more now about the man.