Mussolini and Italian Fascism

Author: Hamish Macdonald

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748733866

Category: Education

Page: 64

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'The Pathfinder History' series is designed to help students make the transition from GCSE to A level. Each book provides the student with a structured route through the A level process and develops the skills needed for examination success.
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Hitler's Raid to Save Mussolini

The Most Infamous Commando Operation of World War II

Author: Greg Annussek

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786735716

Category: History

Page: 352

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As the Allied invasion of Italy wore on through the summer of 1943, Mussolini was unexpectedly overthrown and imprisoned by his own people in a remote mountaintop resort. Hitler was furious when he heard the news and swore to rescue his ally and friend. On September 12, a small convoy of glider aircraft suddenly began crash-landing near the hotel where Mussolini was being held and German commandos poured out of the half-wrecked planes. The soldiers quickly overwhelmed the hotel and seized Mussolini, who had watched the drama unfold from a second-story window. "I knew my friend Adolf Hitler would not abandon me," said a grinning Mussolini to his rescuers. Hitler's daring rescue mission to free Mussolini was one of the most famous commando operations of the twentieth century, and it shocked the Allies. It was also the dramatic culmination of the bizarre relationship between Hitler and Mussolini. In this vivid narrative filled with action, intrigue, and some of history's most disreputable characters- among them the infamous leader of the raid, Otto Skorzeny, who was catapulted to worldwide fame as a result of the exploit-Greg Annussek recounts the incredible story of the secret six-week operation in all its drama and suspense.
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Mussolini's Island

Author: Sarah Day

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472238184

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BETTY TRASK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN LONGLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Sarah Day's MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND is a novel of sexuality and desire, of hidden passions and the secrets we keep locked within us. Based on the true story of the rounding up of a group of Sicilian gay men in 1939, this book is sure to appeal to readers of the Elena Ferrante novels, Anthony Doerr's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE or Virginia Baily's EARLY ONE MORNING. 'A fascinating debut...the setting and characters are strong and the story is written with verve. Day is a talent to watch' - The Times Francesco has a memory of his father from early childhood, a night when life for his family changed. From that night, he has vowed to protect his mother and to follow the words of his father: Non mollare. Never give up. As Francesco is herded into a camp on the island of San Domino, he realises that someone must have handed a list of names to the fascist police. Locked in spartan dormitories, resentment and bitterness between the men grows each day. Elena, an illiterate island girl, is drawn to the handsome Francesco. Sometimes, she is given a message to pass on. She's not sure who they are from; she knows simply that Francesco is hiding something. When Elena discovers the truth about the group of prisoners, the fine line between love and hate pulls her towards an act that can only have terrible consequences for all.
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Mussolini's Island

The Battle for Sicily 1943 by the People who Were There

Author: John Follain

Publisher: Hodder Headline

ISBN: 9780340833636

Category: History

Page: 347

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In July 1943, the Allies launched their first assault against Hitler's "Fortress Europe" by invading Sicily. Mussolini's Island portrays the full horror and glory, the fear and the foul-ups of one of the least known but most dramatic and controversial campaigns of World War II—the battle for Sicily.
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The Last Godfathers

Author: John Follain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848942494

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

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THE LAST GODFATHERS charts the spectacular rise and fall of the richest and most powerful crime family in history: the Sicilian mafia’s Corleonese clan. From humble post-war origins in the dismal town of Corleone, the clan manipulated Cosa Nostra’s code of honour to deceive and bludgeon its way to the summit of the secret brotherhood, launching an unprecedented purge of its rivals and a terrorist campaign which decimated anti-mafia judges, police and politicians. Investigative journalist John Follain focuses on the three godfathers who headed the clan from the 1950s onwards – their lives and crimes, their loves and hates, and the state’s sporadic efforts to hunt them. Luciano ‘The Professor’ Leggio, Salvatore ‘The Beast’ Riina and Bernardo ‘The Tractor’ Provenzano, who was on the run for a record 43 years, forged a vicious clan bent on the subversion of democracy. Cutting through the romantic aura of Hollywood films, THE LAST GODFATHERS portrays the true face of the crime family which inspired Mario Puzo to write The Godfather. Based on thousands of pages of judicial documents, wiretap transcripts, the testimony of mafiosi defectors and interviews with investigators, this is the definitive word on the world’s most notorious criminal organisation.
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Meskel

An Ethiopian Family Saga

Author: Mellina Fanouris,Lukas Fanouris

Publisher: Tsehai Publishers

ISBN: 9780974819891

Category: Ethiopia

Page: 294

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In September 1981, a four-seater aircraft mounted into a scorched sky from an African desert track carrying two brothers to freedom. So ended the fifty-five year saga of the Fanouris family in Ethiopia. As Lukas Fanouris looked down and saw patches of gold in the receding landscape, he realized that the Meskel flower was in bloom everywhere. He wept, for the carpet of Meskel around Addis Ababa had been the first sight to meet his father's eyes when he had arrived in 1926 from his Greek island with his wife and infant son to seek his fortune among the descendants of Solomon and Sheba.Manoli Fanouris began his new life by opening a restaurant but soon realized that Ethiopia's hungers did not stem from the stomach but the mind. Soon he began selling newspapers, gradually adding magazines and books and thereby laid the foundations for what was to become one of the largest book and press agency in Ethiopia. Because of Emperor Haile Selasie's efforts to modernize his country and eradicate illiteray, close bonds had developed between the Fanouris enterprise and the Palace. Nevertheless, the rising expectations generated by modernization outstripped the will and power of the Emperor. In 1974 creeping dissension was whipped into military revolution by a hushed famine, deposing the old and frail ruler. While the new dictatorship proclaimed that the Emperor was under house arrest at the Menelik Palace, members of his family and his ministers were thrown into the cells of common criminals. deprived of the bare necessities of life. Sixty princes, ministers and high government officials were executed en masseand flung into an unmarked trench. The wives and mothers of men detained and tortured without charges were imprisoned, others forced to sell what little remained to them to pay for the bullets that had killed their loved ones."Meskel" is the true and poignant saga of a Greek family who lived to witness and record the devastating destruction of a beautiful country which was turned into a living hell by the tyrant, Mengistu Haile Mariam.
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The Second World War

Author: Christine Hatt

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 9780237531942

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 62

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'The Second World War, 1939-45' examines the causes of the war and details the course of conflict in Western Europe, the USSR, Africa and the Pacific. It also describes the experiences of civilians, resistance fighters, prisoners of war and Holocaust victims.
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