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The First Duce: D'annunzio at Fiume

The First Duce: D'annunzio at Fiume

By Michael A. Ledeen

Johns Hopkins, 1977, 225 pp.

A highly readable account of the warrior-poet's exploits in 1919-1920, with an overly strong emphasis on the prototypical character of his rule. Here was born, the argument runs, the new politics, the blending of the religious and the profane into a fascist-type movement.