Mussolini in Peace and War

Martin Gilbert

  • Mussolini by Denis Mack Smith
    Weidenfeld, 429 pp, £12.95, February 1982, ISBN 0 297 78005 0
  • Mussolini Unleashed 1939-41 by MacGregor Knox
    Cambridge, 384 pp, £22.50, March 1982, ISBN 0 521 23917 6

These two books make an intriguing tandem, the one a broad perspective of the whole span of Mussolini’s life, the other a detailed study of less than three years. The wider canvas is a delight to read, and through it Denis Mack Smith will find an even wider readership for the formidable knowledge he has already shown in his more specialist writings.

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