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Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony

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Silvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and the politician who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration camp guard—small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy.

Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy’s foremost historian, ex
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Paperback, 195 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by Verso (first published 2003)
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Stephen
Apr 22, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
Ginsborg tells the fascinating story of Silvio Berlusconi's rise to power from ordinary roots to the Prime Minister of Italy (it leaves off at 2004, unfortunately). Though it is really the story of how charismatic individuals, whether in media or in politics (or in Berlusconi's case both) persuade us, distracting us from terrible, structural problems they claim to fix. We see ourselves in them, and the fashion-conscious, high-tech consumerism they represent. It is amazing to read that some of Be ...more
Livio Dinaj
Feb 22, 2015 Livio Dinaj rated it really liked it
Excellent and very thoughtful analysis of Berlusconi and placed in the context of deeply rooted and very Italian phenomena

The Key message of this book is to provide a biographical summary and analysis of Berlusconi's rise to power and his political project: a conflicting clash of patrimonial, populist and neoliberalist tides that Berlusconi endorses

Key ideas:
- Berlusconi is a self made enterprenuer who used borderline legal(and recently condemned illegal) practices to raise capital for his enter
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Mike
Nov 21, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
The world is chaotic; our lives, and the lives of those around us unfold with an arbitrary imprecision. Sometimes, in order to render our impressions into a matériel accessible to reason, we will cast into a single human actor the collective biography of a time and place. It is with a sense of this understandable necessity that one can say that Silvio Berlusconi is not a man—he is an effect, the familiar immensity of a tidal wave, akin to the assumed god behind the solar eclipse in the era befor ...more
Tasha
Apr 23, 2014 Tasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-college
Too many grammar errors, it's not linear, it repeats itself out of order, & reads like a propaganda book.
Shauber1
Sep 06, 2009 Shauber1 rated it it was amazing
Silvio Berlusconi is a scary, scary man. He is as dumb as Dubya but with a lot more control of his country's media. I now understand why all of the Italians I know who reside in America think I am crazy for ever wanting to live in Italy. Our government might be corrupt on several levels and damaged in many ways, but at least in 2009 we still have some checks and balances that disallow the type of omnipresent power that this man in Italy. At least for now . . .
Marc
Oct 22, 2015 Marc rated it it was ok
Shelves: italy
Linkse kijk op Berlusconi; veel herhaling uit zijn historische studie Discontents (zie daar)
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