Death of a Playboy | toritto

Originally posted on toritto.

She wasn’t a teen beauty but she had a personality to make up for it.

She was bold and confident. She looked directly into men’s eyes when she spoke with them. She was one of the first women in Italy to drive a car, wear make-up and trousers, skimpy bathing attire at the shore.

She was very different from most of the women of her country and her era and for this reason men found her enchanting. And she was old enough to date.

Her father was a very prominent man, well known and feared. He was determined to keep a close eye on her. He ordered his security to monitor her activities and to report on her relationships directly to him. Whenever she began seeing someone he considered “unsuitable” he would bring an end to the affair. What made it worse was that she liked to flirt which could hurt her father’s position.

He decided she should get married. She was first engaged to Pier Francesco Orsi Mangelli, the young son of an industrialist nobleman. The couple seemed happy at first but it was soon apparent to both they were not…

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The Diary of Count Ciano

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italianfascistyouthDecember 7, 1941 was a monumental date in American history…

…..the day the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor.

But, by that time, World War II had already been raging for over 2 years in Europe,

…. and had been being waged on a diplomatic front way before that.

Diplomacy has always been a critical factor on the world stage,

and never more so than in the time period between 1935 and 1945.

Very few diaries reflect the monumental events of that era as clearly and insightfully as those of the Italian Count Galeazzo Ciano,

— Mussolini’s Foreign Minister during most of WW II.

Ciano

Victory has many fathers, but defeat is an orphan
Count Galeazzo Ciano

Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944) was the Italian Foreign Minister from 1936 to 1943 under Benito Mussolini, and was responsible for negotiating Italy’s part in the so-called “Pact of Steel” — the 1935 Italian-German Alliance agreement.

He was also the…

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