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His speeches leave Italy bewitched. But behind all Benito Mussolini’s bluster and posturing lies a dark heart of violence and brutality. This is the story of Il Duce, the Boss and how a young socialist bully rises and transforms to become an icon of fascism. He beats and rapes women, ruthlessly drops mustard gas on Libya and Ethiopia, becomes enthralled by Adolf Hitler and his ideas and drags his country into a war they are hopelessly unprepared for - and becomes complicit in the Holocaust.