Cavour (1810-1861) has always been seen as the indispensable man in the story of the unification of Italy. But, without the King, there might have been no unification. Maybe: ever! But if the person, the royal person of Vittorio Emanuele II, was essential in order to create a unified Italian peninsula, none of it would have happened without Cavour. He had a plan, a secret plan, and it worked. He did not live to see it work. He died(1861)just when Italy needed him the most, exactly as the United States lost its Lincoln at the crucial moment.


Make sure you are buying this edition since it has been updated in 2007.

Giuseppe Di Lampedusa,

The Leopard: A Novel,

Pantheon; Reprint edition (November 6, 2007),

ISBN 0375714790

Christopher Duggan,

A Concise History of Italy,

Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (January 20, 2014),

ISBN 0521747430