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The Italians

Author : John Hooper
ISBN : 9780698183643
Genre : Travel
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Washington Post bestseller Los Angeles Times bestseller A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover? John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Fifteen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome have sharpened Hooper’s observations, and he looks at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, shedding new light on everything from the Italians’ bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Hooper persuasively demonstrates the impact of geography, history, and tradition on many aspects of Italian life, including football and Freemasonry, sex, food, and opera. Brimming with the kind of fascinating—and often hilarious—insights unavailable in guidebooks, The Italians will surprise even the most die-hard Italophile. From the Hardcover edition.

The Italy Of The Italians Classic Reprint

Author : Helen Zimmern
ISBN : 0365134686
Genre : Art
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Excerpt from The Italy of the Italians Biagi, and Mr. George Gregory Smith. I also acknowledge the permission accorded by the editors of the conduil Magazine and the Fortnightly Review to reprint portions of my own articles. My aflectionate thanks are also due to my cousin, Mr. Alfred E. Zimmern, of New College, Oxford, for kind. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


Author : Luigi Barzini
ISBN : 9780684825007
Genre : History
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Examines the character and history of the Italian people.


Author : John Dickie
ISBN : 9781416554004
Genre : History
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Buon appetito! Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The answer lies amid the vibrant beauty of Italy's historic cities. For a thousand years, they have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. Italian food is city food. From the bustle of medieval Milan's marketplace to the banqueting halls of Renaissance Ferrara; from street stalls in the putrid alleyways of nineteenth-century Naples to the noisy trattorie of postwar Rome: in rich slices of urban life, historian and master storyteller John Dickie shows how taste, creativity, and civic pride blended with princely arrogance, political violence, and dark intrigue to create the world's favorite cuisine. Delizia! is much more than a history of Italian food. It is a history of Italy told through the flavors and character of its cities. A dynamic chronicle that is full of surprises, Delizia! draws back the curtain on much that was unknown about Italian food and exposes the long-held canards. It interprets the ancient Arabic map that tells of pasta's true origins, and shows that Marco Polo did not introduce spaghetti to the Italians, as is often thought, but did have a big influence on making pasta a part of the American diet. It seeks out the medieval recipes that reveal Italy's long love affair with exotic spices, and introduces the great Renaissance cookery writer who plotted to murder the Pope even as he detailed the aphrodisiac qualities of his ingredients. It moves from the opulent theater of a Renaissance wedding banquet, with its gargantuan ten-course menu comprising hundreds of separate dishes, to the thin soups and bland polentas that would eventually force millions to emigrate to the New World. It shows how early pizzas were disgusting and why Mussolini championed risotto. Most important, it explains the origins and growth of the world's greatest urban food culture. With its delectable mix of vivid storytelling, groundbreaking research, and shrewd analysis, Delizia! is as appetizing as the dishes it describes. This passionate account of Italy's civilization of the table will satisfy foodies, history buffs, Italophiles, travelers, students -- and anyone who loves a well-told tale.

The Arthur Of The Italians

Author : Regina Psaki
ISBN : 9781783161584
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the first comprehensive book on the Arthurian legend in medieval and Renaissance Italy since Edmund Gardner’s 1930 The Arthurian Legend in Italian Literature. Arthurian material reached all levels of Italian society, from princely courts with their luxury books and frescoed palaces, to the merchant classes and even popular audiences in the piazza, which enjoyed shorter retellings in verse and prose. Unique assemblages emerge on Italian soil, such as the Compilation of Rustichello da Pisa or the innovative Tavola Ritonda, in versions made for both Tuscany and the Po Valley.

The Italians In Australia

Author : Gianfranco Cresciani
ISBN : 0521537789
Genre : History
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This 2003 book brings to life the important story of the Italo-Australian community.

Italy And The Italians In The Nineteenth Century

Author : André Vieusseux
ISBN : STANFORD:36105010188634
Genre : Italian literature
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Fascism And The Italians Of Montreal

Author : Filippo Salvatore
ISBN : 1550710583
Genre : History
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This book of interviews is an absorbing autobiography of the Italian community of Montreal, and its encounters with important events in Canada and in Europe from 1992 to 1945: from Mussolini's March on Rome to the Concordat between the Catholic Church and the Italian state; from the war in Ethiopia to the Pact of Steel signed by Mussolini and Hitler; from the Spanish civil war to the declaration of war between Italy and Canada. The reader will discover sensational revelations about the hundreds of Italian Canadians who were interned by the Canadian government during the Second World War -- often on trumped-up charges and without a single shred of evidence against them. These interviews recount the Italian community's passions and sorrows, its exuberant love of life and its struggle for survival and dignity in America.

The Italians

Author : C. J. Shane
ISBN : 0737727659
Genre : History
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Presents a series of essays on the experiences of Italians who have migrated to the United States, discussing their troubled homelands, their problems in assimilation, and their current status as a marginalized minority in American culture.

The Journey Of The Italians In America

Author : Scarpaci, Vincenza
ISBN : 1455606839
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