PART ONE: THE POPE AND THE DICTATOR; PART TWO: ENEMIES IN COMMON; PART THREE: MUSSOLINI, HITLER, AND THE JEWS
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, 2015
David Kertzer is Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University, where he is also professor of anthropology and Italian studies. His Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara was a finalist for the National Book Award in the U.S. in 1997, and he has twice received the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best work on Italian history. His 2001 book, The Popes Against the Jews, a look at the Vatican's role in the rise of modern anti-Semitism, has been published in several languages. He is co-founder former co-editor of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. In 2005 Kertzer was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2006 to 2011 he was the Provost of Brown University.
there is much that is of interest * European History Quarterly * [a] splendid study ... The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism, furthermore, is not only meticulously documented, it is very well written. The book marvelously illustrates the larger issues as they played out on very personal levels, from Vatican backstabbing to Mussolini's family relationships. Kertzer's narrative is accessible, lively, and engaging * Roy Domenico, American Historical Review *