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A bold and dangerous family : the remarkable story of an Italian mother, her two sons, and their fight against fascism

Author: Caroline Moorehead
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2017 [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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Mussolini was not only ruthless- he was subtle and manipulative. Black-shirted thugs did his dirty work for him- arson, murder, destruction of homes and offices, bribes, intimidation and the forcible administration of castor oil. His opponents - including editors, publishers, union representatives, lawyers and judges - were beaten into submission. But the tide turned in 1924 when his assassins went too far, horror  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Carlo Rosselli; Nello Rosselli; Rosselli family.; Carlo Rosselli; Rosselli family.; Nello Rosselli
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Moorehead
ISBN: 9780062308306 0062308300
OCLC Number: 1004826575
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vintage, Penguin Random House Group Ltd.
Description: xv, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A watery childhood --
Donne emancipate --
Defining la patria --
Becoming a man --
The dark seraphim --
Planting a tree --
Moral choices --
"Non mollare" --
Breaking free --
Defying the barbarians --
Il confino --
The island of winds --
Not even the flies escape --
To be an exile --
Just one heart --
Dancing for liberty --
A world of moral richness --
A free man again --
A Corneillian tragedy.
Responsibility: Caroline Moorehead.

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Mussolini was not only ruthless- he was subtle and manipulative. Black-shirted thugs did his dirty work for him- arson, murder, destruction of homes and offices, bribes, intimidation and the forcible administration of castor oil. His opponents - including editors, publishers, union representatives, lawyers and judges - were beaten into submission. But the tide turned in 1924 when his assassins went too far, horror spread across Italy and twenty years of struggle began. Antifascist resistance was born and it would end only with Mussolini's death in 1945. Among those whose disgust hardened into bold and uncompromising resistance was a family from Florence- Amelia, Carlo and Nello Rosselli. Caroline Moorehead's research into the Rossellis struck gold. She has drawn on letters and diaries never previously translated into English to reveal - in all its intimacy - a family driven by loyalty, duty and courage, yet susceptible to all the self-doubt and fear that humans are prey to. Readers are drawn into the lives of this remarkable family - and their loves, their loyalties, their laughter and their ultimate sacrifice.

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