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An Italian Education : The Further Adventures of an Expatriate in Verona
by Tim Parks
(Paperback -- September )

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
by Benvenuto Cellini, George Anthony Bull
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)
The Bourbons of Naples: 1734-1825
by Harold Acton
Paperback: 750 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.23 x 8.50 x 5.36
Publisher: Prion Books; ; Reprint edition
ISBN: 1853752916

A Concise History of Italy
by Christopher Duggan
Book Description Since its creation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This concise history covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day, but focuses on the difficulties Italy has faced in forging a nation state during the past two centuries. The opening chapters consider the geographical and cultural obstacles to unity, and survey the long centuries of political fragmentation in the peninsula since the sixth century. It was this legacy of fragmentation that Italy's new rulers had to strive to overcome when the country became united, more by accident than design, in 1859-61.
Paperback: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 8.51 x 5.46
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd); ;
ISBN: 0521408482

Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome
by Stephen Dando-Collins
Listed under Roman Wars

The Defense of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Northern Italy, 1813-1814
by George F. Nafziger and Marco Gioannini

Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted
by Annie Hawes
(Hardcover -- January 9, )

Florence : A Delicate Case (Writer and the City, 3,)
by David Leavitt
(Hardcover -- June )

The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher, Hibbert
Listed under Medieval Italy

In Tuscany
by Frances Mayes, et al
Listed under Travel Italy

by Luigi Barzini
Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 8.46 x 5.54
Publisher: Touchstone Books; ; Reprint edition (July )
ISBN: 0684825007

A Small Place in Italy
by Eric Newby
Listed under Italian Travel Books

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
by Edward Gibbon
Listed under Roman Empire

From the Holy Mountain : A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
by William Dalrymple
Listed under Christian History

Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova
by Bruce Boucher, et al
Listed under Sculpture

Florentine Tuscany: Structures and Practices of Power
edited by William J. Connell and Andrea Zorzi
This volume gathers together seventeen original essays that represent the new directions being taken by historians of the Florentine Renaissance. Florence has often been studied in the past for its distinctive urban culture and society, while insufficient attention has been paid to the important Tuscan territorial state that was created by Florence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. These essays offer new and exemplary approaches toward state-building, political vocabulary, political economy, civic humanism, local history and social patronage.
Hardcover: 357 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.75 x 6.50
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; ;
ISBN: 0521591112

Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic 1848-9
Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic 1848-9
by George MacAulay Trevelyan
Paperback from Phoenix Press, London WC2
Cavour and Garibaldi 1860 : A Study in Political Conflict
Cavour and Garibaldi 1860 : A Study in Political Conflict
by Denis Mack Smith
Paperback from Cambridge University Press
A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988
by Paul Ginsborg
Paperback from Palgrave Macmillan

A History of Venetian Architecture
by Ennio Concina
Hardcover: 360 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.34 x 9.78 x 9.06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; ;
ISBN: 0521573386

Italy and Its Monarchy
by Denis Mack Smith
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.22 x 8.92 x 5.80
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; Reprint edition (February 1992)
ISBN: 0300051328

Midnight in Sicily (Vintage Departures)
by Peter Robb
The history of modern Italy, and of Sicily in particular, is interwoven with bloodcurdling tales of the Mafia and the trial of Giulio Andreotti. Db.
Paperback: 400 pages
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0375704582; (March )

The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro
by Joe McGinniss
We already knew Joe McGinniss could chill our blood (Fatal Vision) and arouse both our pity and distaste for the Kennedys (The Last Brother), but who knew he could be so funny? (Well, maybe readers who remember The Selling of the President back in 1968.) Even those who have no interest in soccer--the majority of Americans, he ruefully admits--will relish the author's vivid account of a team from Castel di Sangro, a tiny town in Italy's poorest region, that against all expectations made it to the national competition. Whether he's chronicling his ordeal at possibly the least-inviting hotel in Italy (the heat doesn't come on until October, no matter the temperature; he is assigned to a room up four flights of stairs though there are no other guests), or sketching a colorful cast of characters that includes the team's sinister owner and an utterly unflappable translator, McGinniss prompts roars of laughter as he reveals an Italy tourists never see. He also saddens readers with a shocking final scene in which he confronts the nation's casual corruption, which taints men he's come to respect and even love. Although not a conventional memoir, this stirring book reveals as much about the author's passionate character as about the nation and the players who win his heart, then break it. --Wendy Smith -
Paperback: 416 pages
Broadway Books; ISBN: 0767905997; Reprint edition (June 6, )

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany
by James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Listed under Italian Travel Books

Naples in the Eighteenth Century: The Birth of and Death of a Nation
edited by Girolamo Imbruglia
Table of Contents Introduction Girolamo Imbruglia; 1. The capital and the provinces Maria Grazia Maiorini; 2. The court: power relations and the forms of social life Giovanni Montroni; 3. The arrogance of the market: the economy of the kingdom between the Mediterranean and Europe Biagio Salvemini; 4. Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Naples Girolamo Imbruglia; 5. Feudal questions, judicial systems and the Enlightenment Anna Maria Rao; 6. The intellectual and the academies Elvira Chiosi; 7. Music and enlightenment Renato Di Benedetto; 8. Antiquarian studies at Naples at the end of the eighteenth century Alain Schnapp; 9. How not to finish a revolution Antonio Di Francesco.
Hardcover: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 9.27 x 6.27
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; ;
ISBN: 0521631661

On Board the Emma: Adventures With Garibaldi's Thousand in Sicily
On Board the Emma: Adventures With Garibaldi's Thousand in Sicily
by Alexandre Dumas
Paperback from Fredonia Books (NL)
Phoenix: Garibaldi and the Thousand: May, 1860
Phoenix: Garibaldi and the Thousand: May, 1860
by George MacAulay Trevelyan
Book Description: The third and final volume of the trilogy covers Garibaldi's role during this decisive year, which finally ended with his conquest of Sicily and Naples, and his acknowledgement of Victor Emmanuel of Piedmont-Sardinia as king of an Italy united once and forever. 
Paperback from Phoenix Press, London WC2
Paradise of Cities : Venice In the 19th Century
Paradise of Cities : Venice In the 19th Century
by John Julius Norwich
Hardcover from Doubleday
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The person who held the aforementioned office with the tongue-twisting title was none other than Niccolò Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, followed the career trajectory of many modern politicians into punditry. Unable to become an on-air political analyst for a television network, he only wrote a book. But what a book The Prince is. Its essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli's assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. "It must be understood," Machiavelli avers, "that a prince ... cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state." With just a little imagination, readers can discern parallels between a 16th-century principality and a 20th-century presidency. --Tim Hogan -
Paperback: 147 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.46 x 6.89 x 4.19
Publisher: Bantam Classics; ; Reissue edition (September 1, 1984)
ISBN: 0553212788

The Royal Poorhouse in 18th Century Turin, Italy: The King and the Paupers
by Margaret Josephine Moody
Hardcover: 152 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.25 x 6.50
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press; ;
ISBN: 0773473645
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A Venetian Affair
A Venetian Affair
by Andrea Di Robilant
It's hard to imagine a more romantic real-life story than the long, forbidden love affair of the 18th-century Venetian nobleman Andrea Memmo and a half-English beauty named Giustiniana Wynne. Andrea Di Robilant's A Venetian Affair is drawn in part from a cache of letters discovered by the author's father in his ancestral palazzo on the Grand Canal. In 1753, his ancestor Andrea Memmo had been introduced to a lovely girl of uncertain station (illegitimate, although her parents later married). The Wynnes's position was precarious enough in Venice's rigid society, and Giustiniana's mother took every step to prevent the young aristocrat from corrupting her daughter. But the two lovers began to meet in secret: exchanging letters through confederates and communicating in public through an elaborate code of nods and gestures. They even came within a few days of being married before further dark revelations about Giustiniana's family put a permanent end to their hopes. Although Memmo went on to have an illustrious career in the dying Venetian Republic, it is Giustiniana's astonishing later life that really captures the reader. A Venetian Affair provides both a rich picture of the times--including cameo appearances by that scamp, Casanova--and a convincing account of an enduring passion. --Regina Marler -
Hardcover from Knopf
Venetian Glass: Confections In Glass, 1855-1914
by Sheldon Barr
Listed under Antique Glass

Venice Against the Sea: A City Besieged
by John Keahey
(Hardcover -- March )

Venice, Fragile City: 1797-1997
Venice, Fragile City: 1797-1997
by Margaret Plant
Hardcover from Yale Univ Pr

The Fall of the House of Savoy
by Robert Katz
Out of Print - Try Used Books

Italian Neighbors Or, a Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona
by Tim Parks
(Paperback -- July 1993)
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