Mussolini : The Secrets of His Death Luciano Garibaldi Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 , Death and burial New York, Enigma Books, 2004 Hardcover. xxii, 237 p., ill., 24 cm. Contains bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
A provocative new book claiming Benito Mussolini was murdered by a two man hit squad led by British secret service agents acting on direct orders from Winston Churchill. In the official version, Mussolini and his mistress were shot by Italian partisans, then put on view hanging upside down in Milan. The book suggests this was a fiction staged hours after Mussolini¹s actual execution, and as revealed here, the true story is one pointing to a cover-up and conspiracy with Winston Churchill at the heart of it. As the fascist state was collapsing and Mussolini fled the partisans, he always had with him a briefcase filled with secret correspondence with Churchill he described as vital to Italy’s future. Churchill was desperate to silence Mussolini and retrieve these letters knowing they contained damning revelations such as these:
* Churchill had tried to arrange a separate peace with Italy, offering Mussolini land for peace — French land! — not territory controlled by the British.
* Through Mussolini, Churchill had attempted to form an alliance with Nazi Germany in a common front against the Russians, who Churchill considered the real enemy.
The story is told in two parts — the first covering the events leading up to Mussolini’s execution, and the second tracking and revealing the secret Mussolini – Churchill correspondence, which Churchill would spend years trying to locate.