|David I. Kertzer.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||592 / 2015|
The author of the National Book Award finalist The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David Kertzer traces the extent of Pope Pius XI's secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in this gripping exploration, itself the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Both coming to power in 1922, Pius and Il Duce were vastly different in most respects. Yet they shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism, and each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. Kertzer's book is 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.