Books: Blood of Patriots & Tyrants

ORSINI: TKE STORY OF A CONSPIRATOR (313 pp.)—Michael St. John Packet-title, Brown ($5).

The modern tourist, wandering through a united Italy with camera and sunglasses, rarely remembers how dark the dismembered peninsula looked to sightseers a century ago. Regarding the Papal States, where the study of political economy was banned as strictly as "free trade, vaccination, railways, gas power and light, the telegraph." Thomas Macauley pronounced the verdict: "[They] are, I suppose, the worst governed in the civilized world." In like condition were Piedmont ("a complete military despotism") and Modena, whose duke governed...

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