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The Pope and Mussolini - The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

David I. Kertzer

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI's secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini's spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican's role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of twentieth-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and "Il Duce" had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. ("We have many interests to protect," the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini's dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope's demands that the police enforce Catholic morality. Yet in the last years of his life-as the Italian dictator grew ever closer to Hitler-the pontiff's faith in this treacherous bargain started to waver. With his health failing, he began to lash out at the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini's anti-Semitic racial laws before it was too late. Horrified by the threat to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican's inner circle, including the future Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnershi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stefan Rudnicki

Length:

14h 12m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:27


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:19


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:09


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:31


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:32


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:06


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:36


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:02


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:05


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:12


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:53


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:10


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:21


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:53


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:43


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:18


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:32


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:23


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:53


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:35


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:03


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:48


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:48


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:01


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:18


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:53


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:26


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:00


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:19


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:36


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:52


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:14


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:07


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:53


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:22


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:26


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:50


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:53


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:02


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:17


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:29


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:19


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:09


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:09


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:42


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:18


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:08


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

00:33