In 1938 Hitler visits Italy. An expatriate Irish art historian is obliged to guide Mussolini and his guest around the galleries. Half fascinated, half repelled, he watches the tyrants, wrestling with the uneasy conviction that he ought to use the opportunity to "do something" about them yet lacking the zeal that might transform misgivings into action.Thirty years later, his daughter comes across a compromising clipping showing her father with the dictators. Exposed as a collaborator, the narrator explains what happened, what he did and did not do, and why, revealing in the process the part the girl's mother played in promoting the digestive disorders that were to influence the course of the war.To help his daughter understand, he conjures a time before the crime that would define the century, a time before these men became monsters inflated to fit that crime, showing her the tawdry little people behind the myths, the real Hitler and Mussolini, the Flatulent Windbag and the Constipated Prick.Based on historical events and using the tyrants' own words, Hitler, Mussolini, and Me brings the dictators down to earth, describing the murkier, more scurrilous aspects of their careers, and using jokes and scatology to weave a crazed pathway toward a cracked kind of morality. It is the story of an ordinary man living in extraordinary times-times when being ordinary was an act of rebellion in itself.
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"This somewhat farcical audiobook has a fascinating provenance. In 1938, Hitler visited Mussolini in Rome, and the two were escorted around some art galleries. Their guide was repulsed by the two tyrants, but he did his job. Thirty years later, his daughter found out about her father's minor role in history. To help explain his actions, he wrote a story that brought the two dictators down to earth and explored some scatological elements of their existence. This audiobook is based on that event. Narrator Gerard Doyle's Irish lilt is comforting and subdued as he reads at an unhurried pace. What's missing is a bit more energy, which would have brought some of the funnier bits to the forefront. Doyle makes sure we get the surreal nature of the action, but he needs to be more demonstrative with some of the material. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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