The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

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A book whose narrative strength is as impressive as its moral subtlety. ( Lucy Hughes-Hallett, the guardian)

Kertzer enriches the familiar story with a wealth of detail. ( Piers Brendon, The Oldie)

Fast paced and well-written historical narrative. ( Irish Times)

If you haven't bought your copy of The Pope and Mussolini you are missing out on a sterling piece of historical research that establishes a new benchmark in the study of the papacy in the twentieth century and its dealings with fascism in Italy. ( Paul on Pius)

this is a seedy, disturbing tale, passionately told by Kertzer. ( Peter Stanford, The Sunday Times)

David Kertzer has an eye for a story, an ear for the right word, and an instinct for human tragedy. They all come together in The Pope and Mussolini to document, with meticulous scholarship and novelistic flair, the complicity between Pius XI and the Fascist leader in creating an unholy alliance between the Vatican and a totalitarian government rooted in corruption and brutality. This is a sophisticated blockbuster ( Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Revolutionary Summer)

Carefully and eloquently advances the painful but necessary truth of Vatican failure to meet its greatest moral test. This is history for the sake of justice. ( James Carroll, National Book Award-winning author of Constantine's Sword)

A riveting story from start to finish, full of startling, documented detail, and nobody is better prepared to tell it than David Kertzer. ( Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography)

Wholly deserving-even demanding-the adjectives 'groundbreaking,' 'courageous,' and 'captivating,' The Pope and Mussolini decisively challenges the received narrative about Pius XI and the Fascist leader. The relationship, in short, was one not of hostility but of mutual dependence. David Kertzer's conclusions are unflinchingly and conclusively proven, thanks to his profound and thorough research, scholarly authority, and narrative panache. This is a meticulously researched and crafted book, exquisitely written, fresh, mesmerizing, and enlightening. ( Kevin Madigan, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard University)

The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two remarkable men, Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI, and Benito Mussolini, Duce of Fascism. Both demanded absolute obedience. Those who knew the pope called him 'a block of granite' and 'cold as marble.' The highest prelates trembled in his presence. Mussolini, swollen with his success, became 'a statue' who listened to no one. David Kertzer tells their stories in counterpoint as they could never have been told before. The opening of the Vatican archives in 2006 and the discovery of a vast archive of Mussolini's spies in the hierarchy of the Vatican provide Kertzer staggering new evidence, and his wonderful portraits of everybody involved give this book the fascination of a great novel. ( Jonathan Steinberg, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, University of Pennsylvania, and New York Times bestselling author of Bismarck)

David Kertzer, who pored through the recently opened Vatican secret files gives, us a ghastly history of the poisonous alliance between a weakened Vatican and an ambitious Mussolini. The Pope's blessing gave Il Duce the needed credibility to take Italy and the Italian people where he wanted them to go. In exchange for that approval, the Fascists provided the Church with its only perceived bulwark against the forces of Communism and the modern age. Enter Hitler. I can imagine Machiavelli overseeing the manipulations on both sides and saying either 'Well played' or 'You go too far' or 'Beware.' David Kertzer has written a harrowing portrait of a ghastly union whose only by-product was the nightmare of World War II. ( John Guare, award-winning playwright and author of Six Degrees of Separation)

A thoroughly engrossing story with an ever-changing cast of fascinating characters . . . Like a couple in a loveless marriage, entered into for all the wrong reasons, Pius XI and Mussolini could not get free of each other. Mussolini hated priests. Pius XI swallowed his scruples about the Duce's growing megalomania. Each reckoned that he had much to gain from the other. Beneath their endless squabbling about precedence, their continual posturing, Pius and Mussolini undermined and ultimately squandered the happiness of the millions who trusted them. Kertzer has written the definitive book on this tragic history. ( Richard S. Levy, professor of history, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-editor of Antisemitism: A History)

The author spares no toes in his crushing of the Church's 'comforting narrative' around its relationship with Mussolini's Fascist regime. . . . Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions. . . . Deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Kertzer unravels the relationship between two of twentieth-century Europe's most important political figures and does so in an accessible style that makes for a fast-paced must-read. ( Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Review:

A book whose narrative strength is as impressive as its moral subtlety. ( Lucy Hughes-Hallett, the guardian)

Kertzer enriches the familiar story with a wealth of detail. ( Piers Brendon, The Oldie)

Fast paced and well-written historical narrative. ( Irish Times)

If you haven't bought your copy of ( Paul on Pius)

this is a seedy, disturbing tale, passionately told by Kertzer. ( Peter Stanford, The Sunday Times)

David Kertzer has an eye for a story, an ear for the right word, and an instinct for human tragedy. They all come together in ( Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Revolutionary Summer)

Carefully and eloquently advances the painful but necessary truth of Vatican failure to meet its greatest moral test. This is history for the sake of justice. ( James Carroll, National Book Award-winning author of Constantine's Sword)

A riveting story from start to finish, full of startling, documented detail, and nobody is better prepared to tell it than David Kertzer. ( Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography)

Wholly deserving-even demanding-the adjectives 'groundbreaking,' 'courageous,' and 'captivating,' The Pope and Mussolini decisively challenges the received narrative about Pius XI and the Fascist leader. The relationship, in short, was one not of hostility but of mutual dependence. David Kertzer's conclusions are unflinchingly and conclusively proven, thanks to his profound and thorough research, scholarly authority, and narrative panache. This is a meticulously researched and crafted book, exquisitely written, fresh, mesmerizing, and enlightening. ( Kevin Madigan, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard University)

The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two remarkable men, Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI, and Benito Mussolini, Duce of Fascism. Both demanded absolute obedience. Those who knew the pope called him 'a block of granite' and 'cold as marble.' The highest prelates trembled in his presence. Mussolini, swollen with his success, became 'a statue' who listened to no one. David Kertzer tells their stories in counterpoint as they could never have been told before. The opening of the Vatican archives in 2006 and the discovery of a vast archive of Mussolini's spies in the hierarchy of the Vatican provide Kertzer staggering new evidence, and his wonderful portraits of everybody involved give this book the fascination of a great novel. ( Jonathan Steinberg, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, University of Pennsylvania, and New York Times bestselling author of Bismarck)

David Kertzer, who pored through the recently opened Vatican secret files gives, us a ghastly history of the poisonous alliance between a weakened Vatican and an ambitious Mussolini. The Pope's blessing gave Il Duce the needed credibility to take Italy and the Italian people where he wanted them to go. In exchange for that approval, the Fascists provided the Church with its only perceived bulwark against the forces of Communism and the modern age. Enter Hitler. I can imagine Machiavelli overseeing the manipulations on both sides and saying either 'Well played' or 'You go too far' or 'Beware.' David Kertzer has written a harrowing portrait of a ghastly union whose only by-product was the nightmare of World War II. ( John Guare, award-winning playwright and author of Six Degrees of Separation)

A thoroughly engrossing story with an ever-changing cast of fascinating characters . . . Like a couple in a loveless marriage, entered into for all the wrong reasons, Pius XI and Mussolini could not get free of each other. Mussolini hated priests. Pius XI swallowed his scruples about the Duce's growing megalomania. Each reckoned that he had much to gain from the other. Beneath their endless squabbling about precedence, their continual posturing, Pius and Mussolini undermined and ultimately squandered the happiness of the millions who trusted them. Kertzer has written the definitive book on this tragic history. ( Richard S. Levy, professor of history, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-editor of Antisemitism: A History)

The author spares no toes in his crushing of the Church's 'comforting narrative' around its relationship with Mussolini's Fascist regime. . . . Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions. . . . Deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Kertzer unravels the relationship between two of twentieth-century Europe's most important political figures and does so in an accessible style that makes for a fast-paced must-read. ( Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Descripción Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 232 x 158 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is the compelling story of Pope Pius XI s secret relations with Benito Mussolini. A ground-breaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives by US National Book Award-finalist David Kertzer, it will forever change our understanding of the Vatican s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. Both Pope Pius XI and Mussolini came to power in Rome in 1922. One was scholarly and devout, the other a violent bully. Yet they also had traits in common. Both had explosive tempers. Both bristled at the charge of being the patsy of the other. Both demanded unquestioned obedience from their subordinates, whose knees literally quaked in fear of provoking their wrath. Both came to be disillusioned by the other, yet dreaded what would happen if their alliance were to end. The book unravels for the first time the key role played between pope and dictator by the shadowy Jesuit go-between, dubbed Mussolini s Rasputin. It also reveals the details of the secret agreement worked out by Mussolini with the pope s personal envoy, offering Vatican support for Italy s notorious, anti-Semitic racial laws . And dramatic new light is shed on the controversial figure of Eugenio Pacelli, who (as Pope Pius XII) would later come to be idolized by some and reviled by others for his silence during the Holocaust. In his role as Vatican Secretary of State, Pacelli had to struggle to keep the pope s explosive temper from leading to a break with both Mussolini and Nazi Germany, as the Italian dictator increasingly embraced the German Fuehrer, whom Pius detested. With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI s papacy, the full story of the two men s relationship can now be told for the first time. It is an account that destroys the widely accepted myth of a heroic Church doing battle with the Fascist regime. On the contrary, as David Kertzer shows, Mussolini would not have been able to impose his dictatorship on Italy without the pope s support. In exchange, the pope expected Mussolini to use his repressive reach to enforce Catholic morality - and return the Church to a position of power in Italy. Nº de ref. de la librería AOP9780198716167

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