James is in Italy where he’s investigating Benito Mussolini—the brutal dictator whose violent path to power set the template for the rise of Nazi Germany. Though not a Nazi, Mussolini’s fascist alliance with the Führer places him squarely inside Hitler’s circle of evil.
Mussolini’s hometown of Predappio has become a shrine for fans of Il Duce where James is shocked to find a booming trade in fascist souvenirs. In Rome, James learns about Mussolini’s grand plans for Italy, and how an ambitious train station helped cement his alliance with Hitler. Mussolini took extreme measures to ensure his safety, including a basement bunker under his Roman villa. On a narrow picturesque street, an expert on the Italian resistance reveals the brutal truth of the Nazi occupation. Once the site of a brutal massacre, the Adreatine caves are now considered a shrine to the resistance. Back in Predappio, James is determined to understand why Mussolini is still venerated in Italy.