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Shooting Il Duce

Good morning bookies! It’s cold again in West Tennessee, way below normal as it has been since November, maybe not so cold as it has been. No sign of Spring yet, but harsh winter’s grip might be slipping.

Today’s blog entry is a review of a book about the woman who shot Benito Mussolini in 1926. Let’s remember that he had only been in power a few years at that point and Fascism was well thought of by the western democracies, especially England. Italy had been an ally of the British and French in World War One, not an enemy as she would be in 1940, and the press looked benignly on Italy and Mussolini. So when Violet Gibson shot him (in the nose!) it was considered a terrible thing.

The Woman Who Shot Mussolini by Frances Stonor Saunders sounds like one really interesting book. If the woman can capture the period as a backdrop it could even be captivating.




Weatherman’s Spring


  1. Hi Terry, thanks for dropping by. It's amazing what we forget, isn't it? I had forgotten all about that, too, even though I was just in Rome last summer, picturing not only romans strolling through the Forum but also Mussolini strutting about. It makes you wonder what might have been if her aim had just been a little better.

  2. I hadn't recalled that bit of history until you brought it up through your book review.

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