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Garibaldi and His Enemies: The Clash of Arms and Personalities in the Making of Italy
Garibaldi and His Enemies The Clash of Arms and Personalities in the Making of Italy Author:Christopher Hibbert Copyright 1965, 1966. First Plume Book edition 1970. — "Our second Jesus Christ," the Italians called him. "A noble human being," concurred Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Giuseppe Garibaldi's military genius, his phenomenal courage, his messianic appearance, and his charismatic capacity to win the heart of the common man set him legends apart from ordina... more »ry historical figures.
From the moment the young Garibaldi first burst upon the public stage in 1834, organizing an insurrection in Genoa, until his remarkable conquest of Sicily twenty-six years later, Garibaldi was a hero in every exalted sense. Women adored him and prized locks of his hair as though they were sacred relics. Hardened soldiers revered him. His forces chronically suffered from lack of equipment, lack of food, and lack of money, but even in defeat Garibaldi commanded the fierce loyalty of his countrymen and aroused worldwide admiration. And when the kingdom of Francis II had fallen to him - thus virtually assuring Italian unification - the entire nineteenth-century world swooned with joy.
Garibaldi and His Enemies magnificently captures the dramatic life of this architect of Italian unification, and one of the towering figures of history.« less