My Father Il Duce:

A Memoir by Mussolini's Son


Introductory Essay by Alexander Stille

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“Blinding power”

Publishers Weekly

“Disturbing, relevant”



Library Journal

On Alexander Stille’s introductory essay:


R.J.B. Bosworth, author of Mussolini's Italy


Robert O. Paxton, author of Anatomy of Fascism

In this historical, revisionist memoir, the author offers a son’s unique perspective through never-before-published revelations steeped in intimate details of Mussolini’s many adulteries; his sense of supremacy and destiny for greatness; his alliance with Hitler; and finally, his detachment from reality. Mussolini is further humanized as a caring family man who encouraged education and wept at his daughter’s wedding.

MY FATHER IL DUCE was published to great attention in Italy and quickly became a best-seller illuminating the modern revival of fascism and the ongoing attraction to Mussolini’s cult-like following. Alexander Stille, recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on Italian political culture, brilliantly confronts this memoir’s account to remind us of the continuing need for vigilance in our pursuit of truth.


“Romano Mussolini's book tells us more about Italy and the Italians, and perhaps ourselves as well, than we might care to admit.”

Stanislao Pugliese, Hofstra University

American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) 2007 Annual Conference
Plenary Speaker
Alexander Stille, Columbia University
“The Memoirs of Romano Mussolini — Fascism in the Age of Berlusconi”

American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) 2007 Annual Conference
Panel Discussion
Romano: Revisionism, Relevance, and Responsibility. A Discussion of My Father Il Duce: A Memoir by Mussolini's Son”

American Association for Italian Studies / American Association of Teachers of Italian 2008 Joint Convention
Open Forum
“A Pleasant Fascist. A Presentation and Discussion of Romano Mussolini’s My Father Il Duce: A Memoir by Mussolini’s Son”

ROMANO MUSSOLINI,  born in Italy (September 26, 1927 - February 3, 2006), went on to become a distinguished jazz musician, recording ten albums, most notably the internationally acclaimed Jazz Studio 7. He collaborated with some of the greatest jazz artists of all time including Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie.

His whole life he refrained from discussing his father's legacy until publishing at age seventy-seven in 2004 in Italy, “before it was too late,” his memoir Il Duce Mio Padre (My Father Il Duce). His first marriage was in 1962 to Maria Sciccolone, a jazz singer and younger sister of famed actress Sophia Loren. In 1990 he married actress Carla Puccini. He lived in Rome as an entertainment celebrity until his passing.

ALEXANDER STILLE is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on Italian political culture. He is an acclaimed author and regular contributor to The New York Times and to one of Italy's most influential newspapers La Repubblica.

$26.95 cloth

ISBN 0-9670076-8-2 / 6 x 9 inches

10-page historical photograph section

180 pages / MEMOIR, Italy,  Italian history, WW II, Benito Mussolini