MY RISE AND FALL by Benito MussoliniMY RISE AND FALL by Benito Mussolini


byBenito MussoliniEditorMax Ascoli

Paperback | August 22, 1998

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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 twenty-one years. The first volume (published in English in 1928 as My Autobiography) describes Mussolini's youth, years as an agitator and journalist, experiences in World War I, 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. Here the Duce recounts his last year in power and the coup d'état 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.
Title:MY RISE AND FALLFormat:PaperbackDimensions:658 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.75 inPublished:August 22, 1998Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306808641

ISBN - 13:9780306808647

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My Rise and Fall lets readers see Benito Mussolini from two vantage points: his early years looking to the future and his fall from power to a hanging death. Originally published as My Autobiography in 1928, the first volume describes the dictator’s youth, his years as an agitator and journalist, his war experiences, the founding and revolutionary struggles of the Facist party and more. The second volume covers the period between his 1943 rescue by the Germans and his execution in 1948.