GARIBALDI, FATHER OF MODERN ITALY by Marcia Davenport

GARIBALDI, FATHER OF MODERN ITALY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stirring, lucid and informative, this is a remarkable biography of Garibaldi, the volcanic patriot, whose name is symbolic with guerrilla fighting. Born in Nice, the son of an Italian sea captain, Garibaldi too became a sea captain. Political ferment divided Italy. The Piedmont, adjacent to Switzerland and France, was an Italian stats, but the remainder of Italy was chopped into parts of Austria, of the Papal States or of the kingdom of Naples. The hardy seafarer threw in his lot with Nazzini, a sometimes impractical revolutionary who wished to unite Italy. He followed Nazzini to Brazil, where he met the girl Anita who was to be his staunch comrade-wife. The entrenched French and Austrian interests in Italy were uprooted through the efforts of the two men, but Garibaldi lost his beloved Anita in one obstacle-ridden escape.

Publisher: Random House