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    DescriptionSilvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and the politician who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration camp guard small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy. Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy's foremost historian, explains here why we should take Berlusconi seriously. His new book combines historical narrative Berlusconi's childhood in the dynamic and paternalist Milanese bourgeoisie, his strict religious schooling, a working life which has encompassed crooning, large construction projects and the creation of a commercial television empire with careful analysis of Berlusconi's political development. While highlighting the particular italianita of Berlusconi's trajectory, Ginsborg also finds international tendencies, such as the distorted relationship between the media system and politics. Throughout, Ginsborg suggests that Berlusconi has gotten as far as he has thanks to the wide-open space left by the strategic weaknesses of modern left-wing politics.

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    Silvio Berlusconi
    Television, Power and Patrimony
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Ginsborg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844675418
    ISBN 10: 1844675416

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
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    DC22: B
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO011000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, CULT/ITALY
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    DC22: 945.093092
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000, BUS070060, BIO006000, BIO003000
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    LC classification: DG583.8.B47 G56 2005
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    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    17 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Author of the highly acclaimed books A History of Contemporary Italy and Italy and Its Discontents, Paul Ginsborg teaches history at Florence University. In recent years he has been at the forefront of Italian civil society's mobilisation in defence of democracy.
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    "A compelling hatchet job ... admirable precision and succinctness." -- Sunday Times "Carefully researched ... a notable contribution." - Financial Times "Damning ... Ginsborg shows how Berlusconi's combination of anti-political populism and media power makes him a real threat to democracy." - Independent "[Ginsborg's] sober, thoughtful book will be of value not only to anyone interested in Italy but to anyone interested in how populist politics, money, and control of the mass media's reservoir of fantasy can combine to override the democratic process." -- The Nation "A succinct and lucid account ." -- New York Times "Penetrating and disquieting ... A masterly study by the leading British historian of contemporary Italy." - Times Literary Supplement