The Ciano diaries, 1939-1943: the complete, unabridged diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian minister for foreign affairs, 1936-1943

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Doubleday, 1946 - World War, 1939-1945 - 584 pages
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The diary of Count Galeazzo Caino, detailing his days as Foreign Affairs Minister of Fascist Italy under his father-in-law Benito Mussolini from 1939 to his dismissal from office in February, 1943. Much of it of no interest, minor diplomatic dealing, at best in his dealing with Hitler and his counterpart von Ribbentrop whom he detested. Shows himself no better, though, detailing his ruthless parts in the invasions of Albania and Greece. In final entry written just days before his execution a year later, he wrote, "The policy of Berlin toward Italy was nothing but a network of lies, intrigue, and deceit. We were never treated as like partners, but always as slaves...Only the base cowardice of Mussolini could, without reaction, tolerate this and pretend not to see it." But to have resigned in protest would have required principles which Ciano ultimately lacked. 

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The other side of the mirror from Churchill. I feel for the guy although he was far from perfect. His last entry and summation is awesome. A great historical document by an intelligent man with feet of clay. Read full review


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