Garibaldi: Hero of Italian Unification

Garibaldi: Hero of Italian Unification


By (author) Christopher Hibbert, Edited by Ross King


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 34mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230606067
  • ISBN 13: 9780230606067
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  • Sales rank: 282,893

Product description

Giuseppe Garibaldi was praised for his military genius, his courage, and his charisma. Known as the "Hero of Two Worlds," Garibaldi's military prowess extended to the Americas, where he played a major role in the Brazilian struggle for independence. During his fight for Italian unification Garibaldi personally led an army of local untrained rebels to victory in Palermo, Naples, and Sicily. His forces suffered from lack of equipment, food, and money, and yet Garabaldi commanded their fierce loyalty. Christopher Hibbert reveals how this iconic figure earned the adulation of not only his fellow Italians, but people across the globe.

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Author information

CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT, "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George VI, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads. He lives in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Review quote

" admirable piece of work. Besides giving us a vivid account of Garibaldi's successes and misfortunes, it supplies a dramatic picture of his personality. Mr. Hibbert's treatment of his subject, though never unsympathetic, is distinguised thorugh its realism and candour" - Peter Quennell, author of Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute "Hibbert is a remarkably prolific popular historian, who can take on almost anything, from Dickens to General Wolfe, from Agincourt to Garibaldi" -- The Observer "A vivid biography of the hero of making modern Italy" -- The Times

Table of contents

Table of Contents Part I: 1807-1859 'Apostles of a new religion' 'An eagle hovering in the upper heights' 'A man of destiny' The Siege of Rome The French Attack The Fall of Rome The Retreat of San Marino The Flight to Portiglione 'A place to settle' 'Viva La Francia!' War in the Alps 'Love and Duty' Part II: 1860 'The Negation of God' The sailing of The Thousand The Battle of Calatafimi The Capture of Palermo The Dictator of the Two Sicilies The Battle of Milazzo Calabria Naples The Volturno Part III: 1861-1882 'Roma o morte!' London, 1864 'The Scourge of Italy' Caprera References Sources Index