The Pope and Mussolini

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The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
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AuthorDavid Kertzer
PublishedJanuary 28, 2014
PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner biography of Pope Pius XI about his relations with Benito Mussolini and rise of Fascism in Europe by David Kertzer.[1] The book examined documentary evidence from the Vatican archives, arguing that Pope Pius XI played a significant role in supporting the rise of Fascism and Benito Mussolini in Italy, but not of Nazism in Germany.[2]

The Pope and Mussolini won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[3]

About the book[edit]

It is the story of Pope Pius XI’s relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, based on archival material from both.[4]

Reception[edit]

Book was lauded by many authors including Joseph J. Ellis saying, "Kertzer has an eye for a story, an ear for the right word, and an instinct for human tragedy. This is a sophisticated blockbuster." The New Yorker called the book "A fascinating and tragic story."The New York Review of Books states, "Revelatory . . . [a] detailed portrait."[5] Some writers criticize the book. [6]

Editions[edit]

American edition:

  • Kertzer, David I. (2014). The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. Random House Publishing Group.

British edition:

Italian edition:

German edition:

Awards[edit]

The biography won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Letter and Music category of Biography or Autobiography.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Ventresca, R. A. (2014). "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (review)". The Catholic Historical Review. 100 (3): 630–632.
  3. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (April 20, 2015). "2015 Pulitzer Winners: Charleston, S.C., Paper Wins Public Service Prize; New York Times Wins 3". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "How a Pope Helped Mussolini Rise to Power And tried to stop him before it was too late". Saul Friedländer. The New Republic. March 8, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Pope Who Tried". Alexander Stille. The New Yorker. April 23, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Painting Catholicism with a Fascist Brush
  7. ^ "Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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