Kertzer's latest book, The Pope and Mussolini (2014) explores the relationship between Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini using both Vatican archival material and archival material from Italian state archives.
A few weeks ago a copy of the book arrived in the post. I have only just gotten around to reading it. From the opening chapter it is an absorbing read. At the same time I started reading the reviews that came through. Kevin Spicer, the James J. Kenneally distinguished professor of history at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, has written a review of the book - The Fatal Embrace - which was recently published on America.
I am grateful to Fr Spicer for his permission to re-publish his review on this blog.