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Ciano's Diary

1937-1943

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Ciano's Diary by Galeazzo Ciano
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Mussolini's Foreign Minister, and son in law, Count Ciano kept one of the most important and influential diaries to come out of World War II. These are those diaries. Covering events from 1939 until 1943, finishing days before his own execution by a firing squad for conspiring against his father in law. With an original introduction by Malcolm Muggeridge and a new foreword by Denis Mack Smith.

Author Biography

Count Galeazzo Ciano was Mussolini's foreign minister and son-in-law. After several Axis defeats in 1942, Ciano became one of many Fascist proponents of a separate peace with the Allies. The suspicious Mussolini dismissed his entire Cabinet (Feb. 5, 1943), and Ciano was appointed ambassador to the Vatican. Nonetheless, Ciano and other leading Fascists retained enough power at the historic meeting of the Grand Council (July 24/25, 1943) to force Mussolini's resignation. When the new government was preparing charges of embezzling against him, the immensely rich Ciano fled Rome. He was captured by pro-Mussolini partisans and Germans in northern Italy. In 1944, on Mussolini's orders, he was brought to trial on a charge of treason, found guilty, and executed by a shot in the back.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2002
Contributors
Foreword by Denis Smith Introduction by Malcolm Muggeridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
Pages
760
ISBN-13
9781842124765
Product ID
1647736

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