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First Words

by Rosetta Loy Metropolitan Books (August 11, 2014)

An internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist movingly chronicles her childhood in Rome during World War II, providing a rare account by a Catholic of Jewish persecution and Papal responsibility

In 1937,...

Midnight In Sicily

by Peter Robb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 04, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island...

A Sweet and Glorious Land

by John Keahey Thomas Dunne Books (July 14, 2014)

In the winter of 1897-1898, Victorian writer George Gissing made a well-chronicled journey throughout southern Italy. The result was a book, By the Ionian Sea, in which he detailed the influence of ancient Greece...

Mad Tuscans and Their Families: A History of Mental Disorder in Early Modern Italy

by Elizabeth W. Mellyn University of Pennsylvania Press (April 02, 2014)

Drawing on the rich judicial archives of early modern Florence and its Tuscans domains, Mad Tuscans offers an innovative look at how families and courts of law worked together to forge pragmatic solutions to...

Mussolini's National Project in Argentina

by David Aliano Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (August 31, 2012)

Mussolini’s National Project in Argentina offers a new look at the theoretical questions surrounding the promotion of a national project within another nation-state. Using the Italian project in Argentina...

101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour: 1001 Unforgettable Works of Art

by Francis Russell Wilmington Square Books (April 21, 2014)

A selection of the most remarkable places, sites, sights in Italy by a veteran visitor, distinguished scholar and intrepid traveler.

The Book of the Courtier

by Baldassare Castiglione Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.

A Dark Song of Blood

by Ben Pastor Bitter Lemon Press (April 01, 2014)

Rome, 1944, the last days of Nazi occupation. A German officer investigates three murders in a city drenched in violence.

Italian Opera Houses and Festivals

by Karyl Charna Lynn & Martin Stiglio Scarecrow Press (November 01, 2005)

This work recreates the social, political, architectural, and performance histories of each Italian opera house by including eyewitness accounts from Italian newspapers, journals, and books of the time. It covers...

Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy

by Mark Gilbert & Robert K. Nilsson Scarecrow Press (September 19, 2007)

Italy is a country that exercises a hold on the imagination of people all over the world. Its long history has left an inexhaustible treasure chest of cultural achievement. The historic cities of Rome, Florence,...

Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Century

by Roy Palmer Domenico Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 13, 2002)

Although the unification of Italy in 1870 initially defined the nation's geographic boundaries, Italians faced the new challenge of determining their nation's social, political, and cultural identity as they...

Fascism, Anti-Fascism, and the Resistance in Italy: 1919 to the Present

by Stanislao G. Pugliese Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 13, 2004)

While the historical significance of fascism and anti-fascism is still being hotly debated in Italy and across Europe, this anthology brings to light a wide range of voices-political, literary, and popular-that...

Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema

by Gino Moliterno Scarecrow Press (September 29, 2008)

The Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema provides a better understanding of the role Italian cinema has played in film history through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white...

Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire

by Garry Wills Washington Square Press (May 28, 2013)

Garry Wills's Venice: Lion City is a tour de force -- a rich, colorful, and provocative history of the world's most fascinating city in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it was at the peak of its glory....

New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies: The Arts and History

by Graziella Parati Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (November 10, 2012)

New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies, Volume 2: The Arts and History deals with practicing cultural studies by offering articles that are valuable for both scholars of Italian studies and students interested...

New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies: Definition, Theory, and Accented Practices

by Graziella Parati Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (June 29, 2012)

This book on cultural studies aims to identify the status of the field in Italian cultural studies. It contains articles that will interest a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes and it is an invaluable...

Ortona Street Fight

by Mark Zuehlke Rapid Reads (April 01, 2011)

December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has...

Italian Communism

by John A. Baker Barakaldo Books (October 09, 2020)

Throughout the Cold War era, many Americans were puzzled that communism could thrive in Italy, a NATO ally with close cultural and social ties to the United States. In this study of Italian Communism and the...


by Tom Holland Basic Books (October 28, 2019)

A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination

Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing...

Mussolini Warlord: Failed Dreams of Empire, 1940-1943

by H. James Burgwyn Enigma Books (July 10, 2012)

The first study of Mussolini as war leader. Focus is the disastrous performance of the Italian army and its consequences.

The Dark Heart of Italy

by Tobias Jones North Point Press (May 18, 2005)

In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors. Instead, he found a very different country: one besieged by unfathomable terrorism...

The Pursuit of Italy

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2011)

One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? These questions are asked...

Julius Evola

by Gianfranco de Turris Inner Traditions (July 07, 2020)

An intimate portrait of Evola and his wartime activities that rebuts many of the Fascist pseudo-myths about him

• Traces the Baron’s activities in Italy, Germany, and Austria during World War II

• Clarifies...

A Champion Cyclist Against the Nazis

by Alberto Toscano Pen and Sword Military (May 30, 2020)

Italy, 1943. Although allied with Hitler, there were those who refused to accept the fascist policies of racial discrimination and deportation. Among them was Gino Bartali.

A champion cyclist, he won the Giro...

The Sudden Disappearance of the Worker Bees

by Serge Quadruppani & Delia Casa Arcade (September 03, 2013)

On vacation with her husband in an idyllic Italian valley, Police Inspector Simona Tavianello stops at the local beekeeper?s shop to buy some honey, where she finds a body lying in the entrance. Simona tries...

Communicating Identity in Italic Iron Age Communities

by Margarita Gleba & Helle W. Horsnaes Oxbow Books (June 15, 2011)

Recent archaeological work has shown that South Italy was densely occupied at least from the Late Bronze Age, with a marked process of the development of proto-urban centres, accompanied by important technological...

Desperate Valour

by Flint Whitlock Da Capo Press (October 29, 2018)

A riveting and comprehensive account of the Battle of Anzio and the Alamo-like stand of American and British troops that turned certain defeat into victory

The four-month-long 1944 battle on Italy's coast, south...

The Lady Queen

by Nancy Goldstone Little, Brown and Company (August 31, 2018)

The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial -- and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

On March 15, 1348, twenty-two-year-old Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial...

Church of Spies

by Mark Riebling Basic Books (September 28, 2015)

The heart-pounding history of how Pope Pius XII -- often labeled "Hitler's Pope" -- was in fact an anti-Nazi spymaster, plotting against the Third Reich during World War II.

The Vatican's silence in the face...

The Medici

by Paul Strathern Pegasus Books (March 15, 2016)

A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw...

The Eternal City

by Ferdinand Addis Pegasus Books (November 06, 2018)

The magnificent and definitive history of the Eternal City, narrated by a master historian.

Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? How did the "Caput mundi" come to play such a critical role...

The Borgias

by Paul Strathern Pegasus Books (August 06, 2019)

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty?all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when...

F*ck You, I'm Italian

by Tony DiGerolamo Ulysses Press (March 15, 2018)

An entertaining, page-turning overview of Italian-American history and culture

From ancient Rome to modern America, we Italians have always been the friggin’ best in art, science, culture and?Madonn’?food!...

Roadmap to Hell

by Barbie Latza Nadeau Oneworld Publications (February 01, 2018)

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe’s doorstep.

Chasing the money from kidnapped Nigerian hair braiders...

The Family Medici

by Mary Hollingsworth Pegasus Books (March 06, 2018)

Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained massive political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming...

A House in the Mountains

by Caroline Moorehead & Derek Perkins HarperAudio (January 28, 2020)

The acclaimed author of A Train in Winter returns with the final volume in her Resistance Quartet?the powerful and inspiring true story of the women of the partisan resistance who fought against Italy?s fascist...


by Matthew Kneale & Neil Gardner Simon & Schuster Audio (May 15, 2018)

“This magnificent love letter to Rome” (Stephen Greenblatt) tells the story of the Eternal City through pivotal moments that defined its history--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and...

Italian Critics of Capitalism

by Lorella Cedroni Lexington Books (March 31, 2010)

The writings collected in this volume present leading statements of theories of democracy and capitalism in twentieth century Italy starting from Vilfredo Pareto. The book is the first (and the unique) collection...

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

by Christopher Hibbert & John Telfer Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2012)

The firstmajor biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert's latesthistory brings to life the family and the world they lived in: the glittering Romeof the Italian Renaissance.

The nameBorgia...

The Europeans

by Orlando Figes & James Langton Blackstone Publishing (January 07, 2020)

From the "master of historical narrative" (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work--the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture

The nineteenth century in Europe...


by Tom Holland & Derek Perkins Blackstone Publishing (October 20, 2015)

Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon--his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic--with...

The Great Fire of Rome

by Stephen Dando-Collins & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (September 07, 2010)

In 64 AD, on the night of July 19, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome's great stadium, the Circus Maximus. The fire would spread over the coming days to engulf much of the city of Rome. From this calamity,...

Four Days of Naples

by Aubrey Menen & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

In September 1943, Naples lay devastated by incessant bombardment from Allied planes. The city, under an iron occupation by the Germans, was without food. During the bombardment, the famed scugnizzi, the street...

Death in Florence

by Paul Strathern & Derek Perkins Blackstone Publishing (August 15, 2015)

Death in Florence illuminates one of the defining moments in Western history—the bloody and dramatic story of the battle for the soul of Renaissance Florence.

By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was...

Lucrezia Borgia

by Sarah Bradford & Lorna Raver Blackstone Publishing (January 21, 2009)

The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance: incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet,...


by Tom Holland & Mark Meadows Basic Books (October 29, 2019)

From the crucifixion of Jesus to the birth of modern morals, this "marvelous" account from an award-winning historian shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination (The Economist).


The Lady Queen

by Nancy Goldstone & Christine Lakin Little, Brown & Company (September 25, 2018)

The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial -- and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

On March 15, 1348, twenty-two-year-old Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial...

La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film

by Mikel J. Koven Scarecrow Press (October 02, 2006)

With the exception of die-hard aficionados of European or Italian horror cinema, most people may not have heard of giallo cinema or have seen many films in this subgenre of horror. Most academic film studies...

A Taste of Naples

by Marlena Spieler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 11, 2018)

In other places, it might seem trite or cliché to say that love is an essential component of cooking, food, and dining. But in the shadow of a still-fuming Vesuvio, the love of everyday life is palpable in...

A House in the Mountains

by Caroline Moorehead Harper (January 28, 2020)

The acclaimed author of A Train in Winter returns with the "moving finale" (The Economist) of her Resistance Quartet—the powerful and inspiring true story of the women of the partisan resistance who fought...