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Claretta : Mussolini's last lover

Author: R J B Bosworth
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
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Bosworth, R.J.B.
Claretta.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016044930
(OCoLC)953985604
Named Person: Clara Petacci; Clara Petacci; Benito Mussolini; Benito Mussolini; Clara Petacci
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R J B Bosworth
ISBN: 9780300226263 0300226268
OCLC Number: 971018819
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: Ghosts, diaries and a dictator's lover --
Sex and the coming dictator --
A dictator's distractions : his Muse and other bedfellows, 1922-36 --
And so ... pause ... to bed : Predatory Dictator meets Catholic Girl, 1932-7 --
Sex, love and jealousy : politics and the family, 1937-40 --
Warring in public and private life, 1941-3 --
The winter of a patriarch and his Ducessa --
Death in the afternoon --
Conclusion: A diarist's tale.
Responsibility: R.J.B. Bosworth.
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