The Woman Who Shot Mussolini: A Biography
At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 1926, a woman stepped out of the crowd on Rome's Campidoglio Square and shot Mussolini at point-blank range. He escaped virtually unscathed. Violet Gibson, who expected to be thanked for her action, was arrested, labeled a "crazy Irish spinster" and a "half-mad mystic"---and promptly forgotten. Now, in an elegant work of reconstruction, Frances Stonor Saunders retrieves this remarkable figure from the lost historical record. In a grand tragic narrative, full of suspense and mystery, conspiracy and back-room diplomacy, she vividly resurrects the life and times of a woman who sought to forestall catastrophe, whatever the cost.
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THE WOMAN WHO SHOT MUSSOLINIUser Review - Kirkus
The story of the little-known Violet Gibson (1876-1956), who shot Italian ruler Benito Mussolini on April 7, 1926, but failed in her assassination attempt.London-based cultural historian Saunders (The ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - golux1 - LibraryThing
A fascinating account of one of the many attempts on Mussolini's life, this one by a diminutive Irishwoman, the Honourable Violet Gibson, sometimes reminds one of the song "I danced with a man who ... Read full review