The Sack of Rome

Media + Money + Celebrity = Power = Silvio Berlusconi

Alexander Stille - Author

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ISBN 9781101201688 | 400 pages | 31 Jul 2007 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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Award-winning author Alexander Stille has been called “one of the best English-language writers on Italy” by the New York Times Book Review, and in The Sack of Rome he sets out to answer the question: What happens when vast wealth, a virtual media monopoly, and acute shamelessness combine in one man? Many are the crimes of Silvio Berlusconi, Stille argues, and, with deft analysis, he weaves them into a single mesmerizing chronicle—an epic saga of rank criminality, cronyism, and self-dealing at the highest levels of power.

A frightening case study . . . that has plenty of bearing on our own media-driven politics. (BusinessWeek)

With a sharp knife and a clear eye, Stille . . . has dissected the remarkable, revolting story of the rise of the former (and future?) prime minister of Italy, and the political-cultural revolution that he has fathered, for good and mostly for bad. . . . Fascinating. (Los Angeles Times)

This riveting, unsparing biography is not merely an exposé of Berlusconi but a vivid lesson in how, under the right conditions, any man of wealth and few scruples can manipulate an entire nation. (Chicago Tribune)

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