Notebook

His approach to many of the great contemporary difficulties was somewhat optimistic and facile. The very first instructions I received in 1930, when I joined the Corriere della Sera  bureau in London, were: “Do not mention the world economic crisis.” They were his own words relayed to all journalists, his way to settle one of the greatest difficulties of the times. I remember asking myself what would have happened if the Italian press had stopped mentioning the Atlantic Ocean: would Italians have drowned trying to get to New York on bicycles?

Luigi Barzini, “Mussolini or The Limitations of Showmanship”.

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