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- Print Length: 45 pages
- Publication Date: August 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074TJ8M94
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mussolini's Arctic Airship (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The famed explorer Amundsen is portrayed as the hero, and the tale could easily have been reduced to a simple dichotomy: hero versus villain; a valiant explorer pitted against an ego-driven disciple of Mussolini. But Holland portrays both men with equal humanity. In one memorable scene, for instance, after his plane crashes on the ice and his body is broken, Nobile snuggles his small dog into his sleeping bag for comfort.
Mining historical documents and her own experience in the region, Holland’s story is buoyed by specific details and gorgeous writing, like the sea ice that resembles not a flat plain but “a frozen, deadly jungle gym.” This tale will captivate anyone who likes polar exploration, aviation and military history, or simply a well-told story about a forgotten moment in time.
The sources for this book are stated to be "based primarily on the extensive published memoirs of the main players: Umberto Nobile and Roald Amundsen." The author notes of Nobile: "the memoir he wrote during Mussolini’s rule and the one he published afterward (as well as the interviews he gave to Wilbur Cross in the 1950s) differ sharply from one another. It’s…especially difficult to determine where Fascist censorship and intimidation ended or began." So far, so good. But these statements are followed by: "As a general rule, I have deferred to the eyewitness sources closest to the actual events, and to the versions they published at the date closest to the events." This indicates to me that the book is subject to Fascist censorship.
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