‘Losing Sleep and Plagued By An Ulcer’
Road trippin’ with Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s ‘Strongmen’
‘What Times Those Were’
Benito Mussolini was ‘losing sleep and plagued by an ulcer’ — the murder of the Socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti had de-popularized the Italian strongman, known as Il Duce.
As Ruth Ben-Ghiat wrote in ‘Strongmen — Mussolini to the Present’, the lawyer Matteotti was ‘tall, urbane, and known for his integrity’ — everything Mussolini…
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