The dramatic story of Mussolini's fall from power in July 1943, illuminating both the causes and the consequences of this
momentous event. Morgan shows how Italians of all classes coped with the extraordinary pressures of wartime living, both on
the military and home fronts, and how their experience of the country at war eventually distanced them from the dictator and
his fascist regime. Looking beyond Mussolini's initial fall from power, Morgan examines how the Italian people responded
to the invasion, occupation, and division of their country by Nazi German and Anglo-American forces - and how crucial the
experience of this period was in shaping Italy's post-war sense of nationhood and transition to democracy.