English: 215 pages
Translated from the Italian by John Irving
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Legend has it that Mussolini put roofs over Italians’ heads, developed the economy, had trains run on time, stood up for justice and against the mafia, protected the Jews, was a feminist, and put Italy on the world map. The founder of Fascism’s only mistake was allying with Hitler.
Surgically, but with wit, Francesco Filippi demolishes each and every myth that has taken root about Mussolini and Fascism in an uplifting handbook for political and intellectual self·defense. No stones are left unturned, including the colonial devastation of Libya and Ethiopia.
A 2019 ITALIAN BESTSELLER
“An antidote to all the nonsense still circulating about fascism…. Filippi is almost surgical in the way he reestablishes the context.” – La Reppublica Book of the Month
“In the existing climate, Francesco Filippi’s scalpel is of utmost importance.” – Le Monde
“Francesco Filippi’s book is very timely and relevant … a lesson on a past that simply doesn’t go away.” – Corrierre Della Sera.
FRANCESCO FILlPPI is a historian of mentalities and an educator who has specialized in the relationship between memory and the present. Mussolini Also Did A Lot of Goodis his first book to appear in English. He lives in Trento, Italy.
JOHN IRVING is a writer and translator with a degree in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Bra, Italy.