Italy: When the Trains Ran on Time

His posthumous career began poorly enough. The corpse of Benito Mussolini hung heels-up alongside that of his mistress, Clara Petacci, like a pig outside a butcher shop. But last week, with the 20th anniversary of his death, the reputation of the Duce was undergoing a remarkable rehabilitation in Italy.

Smeared all over the Italian press was a series of "re-examinations," to which readers responded with enthusiastic letters. "He was shy, notwithstanding all his arrogance," wrote ex-Editor Mario Missiroli, of the weekly Epoca. Concluded Domenico Bartoli, of Milan's Corriere della Sera: "His intuition in evaluating the weakness of his adversaries...

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