Claretta by R. J. B. Bosworth
Mussolini's Last Lover

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The story is told with great skill and insight in Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover by R.J.B. Bosworth. He’s a research fellow in history at Oxford, the author of many books on modern Italy. He’s also the first scholar to have access to Petacci’s diaries...
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A master historian illuminates the tumultuous relationship of Il Duce and his young lover Claretta, whose extraordinarily intimate diaries only recently have become available

Few deaths are as gruesome and infamous as those of Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist dictator, and Claretta (or Clara) Petacci, his much-younger lover. Shot dead by Italian partisans after attempting to flee the country in 1945, the couple’s bodies were then hanged upside down in Milan’s main square in ignominious public display. This provocative book is the first to mine Clara’s extensive diaries, family correspondence, and other sources to discover how the last in Mussolini’s long line of lovers became his intimate and how she came to her violent fate at his side.
 
R. J. B. Bosworth explores the social climbing of Claretta’s family, her naïve and self-interested commitment to fascism, her diary’s graphically detailed accounts of sexual life with Mussolini, and much more. Brimful of new and arresting information, the book sheds intimate light not only on an ordinary-extraordinary woman living at the heart of Italy’s totalitarian fascist state but also on Mussolini himself.
 

About R. J. B. Bosworth

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A renowned Anglophone Italianist, Richard Bosworth is Professor of History at Reading University and Winthrop Professor of History at the University of Western Australia. In 2011, he will become a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He divides his time between Australia and England.
 
Published February 21, 2017 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Judith Reveal on Nov 17 2016

Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover is a book that casts a new light on Mussolini as a failed leader. For readers interested in World War II and the path upon which its leaders trod, this is informative and interesting.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Robert Fulford on Apr 18 2017

The story is told with great skill and insight in Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover by R.J.B. Bosworth. He’s a research fellow in history at Oxford, the author of many books on modern Italy. He’s also the first scholar to have access to Petacci’s diaries...

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Reviewed by Tony Barber on Feb 17 2017

He writes with erudition, perceptiveness and humour about Claretta and Mussolini — she called him Ben, and he called her Clara — and about the light cast by their affair on the dictator’s personality, his style of rule and Italian social conditions during his 1922-43 spell as national leader.

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