A house in the mountains : the women who liberated Italy from fascism / Caroline Moorehead.
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|Moorhead Public Library||940.5345 MOO (Text)||33500013192091||New||Checked out||03/10/2020|
- ISBN: 9780062686350
- ISBN: 0062686356
- Physical Description: xxvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First U.S. edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-362) and index.
In the late summer of 1943, when Italy broke with the Germans and joined the Allies after suffering catastrophic military losses, an Italian Resistance was born. Four young Piedmontese womenAda, Frida, Silvia and Biancaliving secretly in the mountains surrounding Turin, risked their lives to overthrow Italys authoritarian government. They were among the thousands of Italians who joined the Partisan effort to help the Allies liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators. What made this partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of womenlike this brave quartetwho swelled its ranks.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
*Starred Review* When Mussolini fell in 1943, Italian anti-Fascists hoped to build a free society. Instead, Germany occupied northern Italy, and for the next two years, anti-Fascist partisans fought Nazis and resurgent Italian Fascists while navigating the politics of Italian resistance and Allied reluctance to accept them as fellow-fighters instead of defeated enemies. In this deeply moving, beautifully told history, biographer and historian Moorehead (A Bold and Dangerous Family, 2017) shares the story of northern Italian resistance during WWII, focusing on the anti-Fascists of Turin. Their diverse movement included Jews and Catholics, workers, peasants, intellectuals, and, perhaps most surprisingly, women as well as men. Throwing off cultural norms and Fascist insistence that women should be passive, domestic, and apolitical, they became guerrillas, strategists, and spies, risking their lives for their convictions. Some, like the teacher and translator Ada Gobetti, whose story is central to the narrative, rose to positions of authority and imagined a revolutionary future of equality between the sexes. Gobetti and her fellow stafette were unable to realize this dream, but as we near the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of WWII, Moorehead has restored their achievements and those of the Italian resistance to view in this superb and significant chronicle. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
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