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The Italian Revolution: The End of Politics, Italian Style?
The Italian Revolution: The End of Politics, Italian Style?
By Mark Gilbert
Westview, 1995, 204 pp.

Anyone wishing for a much more detailed account of the Italian political crisis than the one offered in McCarthy's book will find it here. Gilbert, a political scientist, is reluctant to speculate about the future, but he does a very good job analyzing the role of the Mafia, the rise and decline of the Northern League, the fate of the communists, and the sweeping character and effects of the judges' Operation Clean Hands. The complexities, paradoxes, and mystifications of Italian politics as described here are likely to leave the reader wondering how this system, worthy of a cheap thriller, could have lasted so long. (See McCarthy's book for the answer.)