It was a big week for Benito Mussolini. For months the world had been unmercifully kidding him and his folding armies. He looked very bald and worn and old. But now he had a chance to stand beside his good friend, the world's most fearsome citizen, on the Russian Front. Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt had talked for three days. To outdo their enemies Benito listened to Adolf for five.

Just as Franklin Roosevelt had taken his sons Elliott and Franklin Jr. to his meeting, so Benito took his son Vittorio—the aviator who five...

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