The greatness of Italy's culture and way of life have had a powerful attraction for many generations of visitors.
This has created an overwhelming sense that Italy is a fundamentally benign and easy going country.
The Force of Destiny, Christopher Duggan's immensely enjoyable new book, lays waste to this idea.
While sharing everyone's enthusiasm for Italy as a place, he strongly distinguishes this from its political role over the past two centuries, which has been both vicious and ruinous for Europe as a whole.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 704 pages, Illustrations, maps, ports.
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/05/2008
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780141013909