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Peter D'Epiro
Peter D'Epiro

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Peter D'Epiro received a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College and his Ph.D. in English from Yale University. He has taught English at the secondary and college levels and worked as an editor and writer for thirty years. He has written (with Mary Desmond Pinkowish) Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World (Anchor Books, 2001) and What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? and 100 Other Great Cultural Lists—Fully Explicated (Anchor Books, 1998), which has appeared in British, German, Russian, Lithuanian, and Korean editions. He has also published a book and several articles on Ezra Pound’s Cantos, a book... Read More

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The Book of Firsts
150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet
Written by Peter D'Epiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00

The Book of Firsts is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major innovations of the past twenty centuries and how they shaped our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this handy overview of human history both fun and thought-provoking with his survey of the major “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and military upheavals... Read more >
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The Book of Firsts
150 World-Changing People and Events, from Caesar Augustus to the Internet
Written by Peter D'Epiro


Format: eBook, 672 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Sprezzatura
50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $17.95

A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?

“Sprezzatura,” or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated... Read more >
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Sprezzatura
50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

What are the Seven Wonders of the World?
And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists--Fully Explicated
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 22, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
What are the Seven Wonders of the World?
And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists--Fully Explicated
Written by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1998
Price: $15.95

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Also available as an eBook.
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