An Italian Fable (Google eBook)

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Author House, Sep 4, 2009 - Fiction - 236 pages
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An Italian Fable takes place before, during and after World War II, when fictional hero Mark O'Brien, an OSS spy, meets with real-life figures Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Pope Pius XII before switching places with his look-alike cousin, Irish Monsignor Tom Shaw during the war. After the war, FDR makes him Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces, Italy, where he begins a 5-year partnership with post-war Italian President Alcide DeGasperi that dramatically changed Italy.
  

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
37
Section 6
45
Section 7
51
Section 8
59
Section 16
109
Section 17
111
Section 18
115
Section 19
119
Section 20
123
Section 21
127
Section 22
133
Section 23
147

Section 9
65
Section 10
71
Section 11
81
Section 12
85
Section 13
89
Section 14
97
Section 15
105
Section 24
171
Section 25
189
Section 26
193
Section 27
215
Section 28
221
Section 29
229
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About the author (2009)

Speer was born in Manhattan in 1936, graduated from M.I.T. in 1957 (Business and Engineering), and completed his Naval service in Naples, Italy in 1961. He then lived in Milan for these 10 years while starting his family, working as a management consultant to Fiat, Pirelli, Edison, the Vatican Holding Company, and General Electric during the industrial ‘Italian Miracle’ of the 1960s.

 

He returned to California with his family in 1971, obtained his CPA certificate in 1978, and operated as a sole practitioner and part-time CFO for hi-tech start-up companies until his retirement in 2006, when he began this novel while living deep in the heart of Tuscany. His second novel, An American Fable, transports this book’s themes 65 years forward to the 2008 elections.

 

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