Il Duce and His Women by Roberto Olla
Mussolini's Rise to Power

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Olla, an Italian writer and TV journalist, provides an absorbing account of Mussolini's self-proclaimed manful potency and "animal allure".
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First biography to reveal the details of Mussolini’s private life with a particular focus on his renowned appetite for women, and no scabrous or intimate detail spared. Out of the ruins and savagery of Second World War, the figure of Benito Mussolini looms large as one of the most influential during the first half of the twentieth century. After his ignominious end in Piazzale Loreto, most have tried to erase the memory and the actions of the once powerful dictator, while others have made an attempt to reassess his life and works, despite the indelible legacy of death, violence and destruction he left behind. But who is the real Benito Mussolini? Now that over sixty years of scholarship and an abundance of first-hand documents by his closest relations and his many lovers are available to the researcher, the elusive, contradictory and often misunderstood traits of his character are beginning to take shape into a more meaningful and better defined portrait of the man, the politician and the leader.
 

About Roberto Olla

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Roberto Olla is an award-winning writer and TV journalist. He has produced a number of internationally acclaimed history documentaries, including The Last Godfathers and Emigrants. In 2006 he has published a book called Godfathers: Lives and Crime of Mafia Mobsters (Alma Books).
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Alma Books. 450 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Thomson on Jan 13 2012

Olla, an Italian writer and TV journalist, provides an absorbing account of Mussolini's self-proclaimed manful potency and "animal allure".

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