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Mussolini's Rome by Borden W. Painter Jr.
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Feb 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: readforschool
Recommended for: those interested in WWII history, totalitarian regimes, Rome
Read in February, 2008

This book provided excellent and easy to understand information regarding Mussolini's transformation of Rome (and much of southern Italy) into what we see today. So much of what I learned is how, the things we admire now in Rome, would not be visible had it not been for Mussolini (Forum of Augustus, Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius, etc.) not to mention all of the great boulevards that run though the city (Via dell'Impero linking the Capitoline Hill and the Colleseum, the Via Triomfi that runs past the Arch of Constantine, and the road (whose name I can't remember) that leads to the open arms of Bernini's Piazza in front of St. Peter's). Most of this is just very fact-based reading, but Painter brings in sources from multiple fields and media. The concluding chapter is a heartwrenching narration of the fall of Mussolini and the Nazi occupation of Germany that reads like a novel.


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