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Venice
Pure City
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47379-0 (0-307-47379-1)

Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial—a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city.

The Venetians’ language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Venice
Pure City
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-53152-8 (0-385-53152-4)

The Venetians’ language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its readers to that sensual and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Behind Closed Doors
Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898
Edited by Richard Aste


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-365-0 (1-58093-365-3)

A critical contribution to the burgeoning field of Spanish colonial art, Behind Closed Doors reveals how art and luxury goods together signaled the identity and status of Spanish Americans struggling to claim their place in a fluid New World hierarchy.

By the early sixteenth century, the Spanish practice of defining status through... Read more >


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July 29, 2014
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Math and the Mona Lisa
The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
Written by Bulent Atalay


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-493-9 (1-58834-493-2)

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Secrets of Italy
People, Places, and Hidden Histories
Written by Corrado Augias
Translated by Alta L. Price


Format: Hardcover, 220 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4274-2 (0-8478-4274-6)

One of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand Tour through her cities, history, and literature in search of the true character of this contradictory nation. There is Michelangelo, but also the mafia. Pavarotti, but also Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but also the infamous captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sicily
Three Thousand Years of Human History
Written by Sandra Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-131-1 (1-58642-131-X)

The rich, recorded history of Sicily reaches back for more than three thousand years. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island’s culture and architecture. And yet no contemporary... Read more >
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Marco Polo
From Venice to Xanadu
Written by Laurence Bergreen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7880-6 (1-4000-7880-6)

As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most... Read more >

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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Written by Jacob Burckhardt
Afterword by Hajo Holborn
Introduction by Peter Gay


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75926-0 (0-375-75926-3)

Published in 1860, Burckhardt’s great work redefined our sense of the European past, wholly reinterpreting what has since been known simply as the Italian Renaissance. With unsurpassed erudition, Burckhardt illuminates a world of artistic and cultural ferment, innovation, and discovery; of revived humanism; of fierce tensions between church and empire; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Discovery of the World
A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini
Written by Luciana Castellina


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-286-9 (1-78168-286-0)

Luciana Castellina is one of Italy’s most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is... Read more >
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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
ISBN: 978-0-385-72019-9 (0-385-72019-X)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lieutenant Nun
Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World
Written by Catalina De Erauso


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7073-4 (0-8070-7073-4)

Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic... Read more >
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Machiavelli in Hell

Written by Sebastian De Grazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74342-2 (0-679-74342-1)

In this intellectual biography Sebastian de Grazia presents a new vision of Machiavelli that evokes, with uncanny precision, the great Florentine thinker's presence. After providing an engrossing account of Machiavelli's childhood and the period following his imprisonment and torture, the book turns to an examination of The Prince. The details of... Read more >

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God and the Fascists
The Vatican Alliance with Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, and Pavelic
Written by Karlheinz Deschner


Format: Trade Paperback, 330 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-837-9 (1-61614-837-3)

Now available in English for the first time, a controversial work that indicts the Vatican for its actions before and during World War II.

In the decade preceding the outbreak of World War II, the Vatican made a devil’s bargain with fascist leaders. Anticipating that their regimes would eliminate a common enemy--namely... Read more >
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Chasing the Rose
An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96292-8 (0-307-96292-X)

From the author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair, here is the charming chronicle of his search for the identity of a mysterious old rose. Andrea di Robilant’s tale takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, as well as into some of the most delightful rose gardens in Italy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lucia
A Venetian Life in the Age of Napleon
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9511-7 (1-4000-9511-5)

In 1787, the beautiful Lucia is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. We witness Lucia's painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Venetian Affair
A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72617-0 (0-375-72617-9)

In the waning days of Venice’s glory in the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was scion to one the city’s oldest patrician families. At the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the beautiful, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mother and British father. Because of their dramatically different... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sicilian Lives

Written by Danilo Dolci


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 12, 1981
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74938-9 (0-394-74938-3)

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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The Professor of Secrets
Mystery, Medicine, and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy
Written by William Eamon


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0650-4 (1-4262-0650-X)

In the tradition of Galileo’s Daughter and Brunelleschi’s Dome, this exciting story illuminates the captivating world of the late Renaissance–in this case its plagues, remedies, and alchemy–through the life of Leonardo Fioravanti, a brilliant, remarkably forward-thinking, and utterly unconventional doctor. Fioravanti’s marvelous cures and talent for self-aggrandizement earned him the adoration... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Force of Reason

Written by Oriana Fallaci


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2753-4 (0-8478-2753-4)

Oriana Fallaci is back with her much-anticipated follow up to The Rage and the Pride, her powerful post-September 11 manifesto. The genesis for The Force of Reason was a postscript entitled Due Anni Dopo (Two Years Later), which was intended as a brief appendix to the thirtieth edition of The Rage... Read more >

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The Mafia
History and Legend
Written by Marco Gasparini
Translated by Brian Eskenazi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.98
ISBN: 978-2-08-030150-5 (2-08-030150-0)

An illustrated history of the Mafia, focusing on this highly developed criminal organization both as a cult subject and an important social phenomenon. Movie classics like The Godfather epitomize our fascination with the underworld of the Mafia, conjuring images of cigar-smoking dons and shoot-outs in pizzerias. But behind the romantic myths... Read more >

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The Village Against The World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Hardcover, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-130-5 (1-78168-130-9)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Village Against the World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-298-2 (1-78168-298-4)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >

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The Confident Hope of a Miracle
The True Story of the Spanish Armada
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7817-2 (1-4000-7817-2)

The Confident Hope of a Miracle is a gripping account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada—the defining international event of the Elizabethan age. In 1588, determined to reclaim England for the Catholic Church, King Philip II of Spain launched a fleet of huge castle-crowned galleons that stretched for miles across... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Struggle for Europe
The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the Present
Written by William I. Hitchcock


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49799-2 (0-385-49799-7)

From the ashes of World War II to the advent of the Euro, the definitive history of the postwar rebirth of Europe by one of our finest young historians.

After a century of war, genocide, and ideological rivalry, Europe has at last emerged as a continent striving for stability, tolerance, democracy and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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