The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

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The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Italian History and Culture covers: Italy's greatest inheritance--her history, from the Etruscans to the post-World War II democratic republic; Italians in America; Rome, from republic to empire, from Remus and Romulus to the advent of Christianity; the emergence of the Papal States and the Guelphs and Ghibellines; the Renaissance--Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Christopher Columbus; Napoleon, Garibaldi, and the making of modern Italy; Italians' gifts to the world--pizza, the Mafia, the spaghetti Western, and fashions from Milan; and the Italian-American role call of fame--from Enrico Fermi and Joe DiMaggio to Lee Iacocco and Maddona!

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GABRIELLE EUVINO, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Learning Italian, has been teaching Italian since 1986 and is the president and founder of La Bella Lingua, an educational immersion program where students visit Italian historical landmarks while learning the language and culture of Italy. She teaches Italian at the Learning Annex in New York City.

Michael San Filippo earned a Master of Arts degree in Italian Studies at the Middlebury College Italian School Abroad program in Florence, Italy. He is the founder, editor, and content manager for About Italian Language at italian.about.com.

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