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Mussolini's daughter : the most dangerous woman in Europe / Caroline Moorehead.


Edda Mussolini was the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's oldest and favorite child. At 19, she was married to Count Galleazzo Ciano, Il Duce's Minister for Foreign Affairs during the 1930s, the most turbulent decade in Italy's fascist history. In the years preceding World War II, Edda ruled over Italy's aristocratic families and the cultured and middle classes while selling Fascism on the international stage. How a young woman wielded such control is the heart of Caroline Moore's fascinating history. The issues that emerge reveal not only a great deal about the power of fascism, but also the ease with which dictatorship so easily took hold in a country weakened by war and a continent mired in chaos and desperate for peace. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, some newly released, along with memoirs and personal papers, Mussolini's Daughter paints a portrait of a woman in her twenties whose sheer force of character and ruthless narcissism helped impose a brutal and vulgar movement on a pliable and complicit society. Yet as Moorehead shows, not even Edda's colossal willpower, her scheming, nor her father's avowed love could save her husband from Mussolini's brutal vengeance-- Publisher marketing.

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  • ISBN: 9780062967251
  • ISBN: 0062967258
  • Physical Description: xix, 405 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published as Edda Mussolini in the United Kingdom in 2022 by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vantage."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-385) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword -- Part one: Prologue. La cavallina matta -- A country ungoverned and ungovernable -- A path full of traps -- The tentacles of an octopus -- The virago -- La prima signora di Shanghai -- Part two: Episodes. The cult of the Duce -- At Ciano's court -- Lionesses without manes -- The most influential woman in Europe -- The Fascists at play -- Death comes to Rome -- Wavering -- Waiting -- Dancing from one party to the next -- Plotting -- Part three: Exodus. Death walks on the roof -- What have we become? -- Doing one's duty -- A gangster's moll on the run -- Edda is willing -- Settling scores -- L'Aquilaccia -- Afterword.
Subject: Ciano, Edda Mussolini, Contessa.
Ciano, Edda Mussolini, Contessa > Family.
Ciano, Edda Mussolini, Contessa > Marriage.
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 > Family.
Statesmen's children > Italy > Biography.
Italy > Politics and government > 1922-1945.
Genre: Biographies.

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