My Rise and Fall, Volumes 1-2

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 530 pages
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Here for the first time in one volume, are two rare autobiographical works by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), founder of Fascism and Italian dictator for 21 years. The first volume (published in English in 1928 as My Autobiography) describes in the Duce's own inimitable voice his youth, years as an agitator and journalist, experiences in World War I (including his severe wounding), the formation and revolutionary struggles of the Fascist Party, the March on Rome, and his early years in power. The second volume (published in English in 1948 as The Fall of Mussolini) was written during the brief period between his rescue by the Germans in September 1943 and his execution by Italian partisans in April 1945. The Duce retreats to the safe (but psychologically revealing) distance of the third person in describing his last year in power and the coup d'etat that deposed him. My Rise and Fall allows readers to view the dictator from two unique vantage points: Il Duce, eyes on the horizon, chin thrust forward, as he nears his political zenith; and Mussolini at his nadir, a desperate, powerless, sawdust Caesar, soon to be shot and hanged, head down, for all to scorn.
 

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User Review  - mvbdlr - LibraryThing

It's quite amazing to read two autobiographical accounts of Fascist Italy by its Duce. The first, the Rise, presents itself as an autobiography but it is really Mussolini explaining his roots, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Langer - Goodreads

The book was filled with obvious biases, especially once he was deposed, but it provided a fascinating look into the man that was Mussolini. From his hatred of material value and his love of the violin to his conspiratorial look at his fall from grace, the book was quite the interesting read. Read full review

Contents

I
xxxviii
II
l
III
10
IV
21
V
29
VI
60
VII
89
VIII
122
XXIII
16
XXIV
27
XXV
36
XXVI
46
XXVII
56
XXVIII
69
XXIX
83
XXX
91

IX
174
X
201
XI
243
XII
274
XIII
309
XIV
314
XV
10
XVI
17
XVII
28
XVIII
36
XIX
48
XX
61
XXI
76
XXII
6
XXXI
99
XXXII
108
XXXIII
117
XXXIV
126
XXXV
135
XXXVI
146
XXXVII
158
XXXVIII
168
XXXIX
177
XL
188
XLI
201
XLII
204
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About the author (1998)

mussolini (1883-1945) was the founder of Fascism and Italian dictator for 21 years.

Lamb is an eminent historian. He served with the British Eighth Army in Italy during World War II.

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