Best Italian History Books

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1. The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

Author: by Ross King
496 pages

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The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildingsthe dazzling handiwork of the city’s skilled artists and architects. But equally important for the centuries to follow were geniuses of a different sort: Florence’s manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars, and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world.

At the heart of this activity, which bestselling author Ross King relates in his exhilarating new book, was a remarkable man: Vespasiano da Bisticci. Born in 1422, he became what a friend called the king of the world’s booksellers. At a time when all books were made by hand, over four decades Vespasiano produced and sold many hundreds of volumes from his bookshop, which also became a gathering spot for debate and discussion.

Besides repositories of ancient wisdom by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Quintilian, his books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. His clients included a roll-call of popes, kings, and princes across Europe who wished to burnish their reputations by founding magnificent libraries.

2. Thunderstruck

Author: by The #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson
Crown (October 24, 2006)
October 24, 2006

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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s great hush. In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two menHawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communicationwhose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth.

Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, the kindest of men, nearly commits the perfect murder.

3. Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)

Author: by Pellegrino Artusi
653 pages

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First published in 1891, Pellegrino Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangier bene has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times. It was reprinted thirteen times and had sold more than 52,000 copies in the years before Artusi’s death in 1910, with the number of recipes growing from 475 to 790.

And while this figure has not changed, the book has consistently remained in print. Although Artusi was himself of the upper classes and it was doubtful he had ever touched a kitchen utensil or lit a fire under a pot, he wrote the book not for professional chefs, as was the nineteenth-century custom, but for middle-class family cooks: housewives and their domestic helpers.

His tone is that of a friendly advisor humorous and nonchalant. He indulges in witty anecdotes about many of the recipes, describing his experiences and the historical relevance of particular dishes. Artusi’s masterpiece is not merely a popular cookbook; it is a landmark work in Italian culture.

4. Pompeii: A Captivating Guide to the City in Ancient Rome That Was Buried Because of the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius during the Rule of the Roman Empire

Author: by Captivating History
June 25, 2021

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Discover the mysteries and secrets of Pompeii, the city that disappeared in the fires of Mount Vesuvius and was buried for centuries. Pompeii was destroyed by the horrific eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, which buried at least two thousand unlucky people.

Pompeii became a mysterious tomb, hiding secrets of Rome and other civilizations that influenced the life and culture of the city and its people. Who were the Pompeiians, and how did they live before that dreadful day? What did the last days of Pompeii look like, and did the Pompeiians know that the fate of their city would be sealed that day, not to be uncovered for centuries to come?

The first major excavations commenced in the 1700s and are still ongoing, as only a part of Pompeii’s historical treasures have been recovered from the pumice and volcanic ash. Mount Vesuvius gave the city its life and powered the rise of many civilizations in Campania, but it took back what it had given eight centuries later.

Today, Pompeii, a city essentially frozen in time, is visited by more than two million people annually. Explore the unburied streets of Pompeii that were once teeming with life, and discover what made the beautiful city of Pompeii so important to the Roman Empire.

6. The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization (Italian Histories)

Author: by Paul Strathern
400 pages

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A sweeping and magisterial four-hundred-year history of both the city and the people who gave birth to the Renaissance. Between the birth of Dante in 1265 and the death of Galileo in 1642, something happened that transformed the entire culture of western civilization.

Painting, sculpture, and architecture would all visibly change in such a striking fashion that there could be no going back on what had taken place. Likewise, the thought and self-conception of humanity would take on a completely new aspect. Sciences would be bornor emerge in an entirely new guise.

The ideas that broke this mold began, and continued to flourish, in the city of Florence in northern central Italy. These ideas, which placed an increasing emphasis on the development of our common humanityrather than other-worldly spiritualitycoalesced in what came to be known as humanism.

This philosophy and its new ideas would eventually spread across Italy, yet wherever they took hold they would retain an element essential to their origin. And as they spread further across Europe, this element would remain. Transformations of human culture throughout western history have remained indelibly stamped by their origins.


Little Book of Gucci: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Little Books of Fashion)

Author: by Karen Homer
160 pages

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The Little Book of Gucci tells the story of this historic yet flourishing house, and the visionary looks that have cemented its place in fashion history. One of the oldest Italian fashion brands in existence today, Gucci was founded in Florence in 1921.

Guccio Gucci established his company with the goal of creating opulent luggage for Italy’s wealthy and fashionable upper-classes. With the signature Gucci print of dark brown diamonds on a tan background, interlocking G logo and red and green stripe, the brand has gone on to become the last word in Italian luxury.

Gucci’s signature items the belt, the bag, the loafer transcend fleeting fashion trends, and have remained central to the house’s identity into the twenty-first century. Under the stewardship of Tom Ford, Gucci epitomized the louche and mischievous 1990s aesthetic. Today, under Alessandro Michele, the brand’s combination of romance and toughness is in hot demand.

The Little Book of Gucci tells the story of this historic yet flourishing house, and the visionary looks that have cemented its place in fashion history./p

8. Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast

Author: by Cynthia Saltzman
336 pages

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One of The Christian Science Monitor’s Ten Best Books of May”A highly original work of history … [Saltzman] has written a distinctive study that transcends both art and history and forces us to explore the connections between the two. Roger Lowenstein, The Wall Street JournalA captivatingstudy of Napoleon’s plundering of Europe’s art for the Louvre, told through the story of a Renaissance masterpiece seized from VeniceCynthia Saltzman’s Plunder recounts the fate of Paolo Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana, a vast, sublime canvas that the French, under the command of the young Napoleon Bonaparte, tore from a wall of the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, on an island in Venice, in 1797.

Painted in 1563 during the Renaissance, the picture was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Veronese had filled the scene with some 130 figures, lavishing color on the canvas to build the illusion that the viewers’ space opened onto a biblical banquet taking place on a terrace in sixteenth-century Venice.

9. Marco Polo: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Explorers)

Author: by Hourly History
July 20, 2020

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Discover the remarkable life of Marco Polo…Free BONUS Inside! Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, was a great explorer of far and unfamiliar lands. He traveled the world in order to find things that no one else had seenbut what did he really discover?

The stories that he told upon his return to his homeland of the Republic of Venice were so unusual that his fellow compatriots often had a hard time believing him. When he described things such as paper money, gun powder, and coal, these were still so far out of the daily routine of the west that they seemed utterly bizarre to his contemporaries.

But even now that Marco Polo’s discoveries are less exotic and more commonplace, do we truly understand what it was that he uncovered? This book will delve deep into the life and legend of Marco Polo. Discover a plethora of topics such as On the Silk Road Coming of Age in a Faraway Land At the Court of Kublai Khan Stuck in Asia The Return Trip The Last Will and Testament of Marco Polo And much more!

10. A Year in Provence

Author: by Peter Mayle
Vintage (June 4, 1991)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubron with his wife and two large dogs.

He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhne Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provenal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

11. The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

Author: by Alex Kershaw
448 pages

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The untold story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World Warnow a Netflix original series starring Jose Miguel Vasquez, Bryan Hibbard, and Bradley James Exceptional … Worthy addition to vibrant classics of small-unit history like Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers.

Wall Street Journal Written with Alex Kershaw’s trademark narrative drive and vivid immediacy, The Liberator traces the remarkable battlefield journey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks through the Allied liberation of Europefrom the first landing in Italy to the final death throes of the Third Reich.

Over five hundred bloody days, Sparks and his infantry unit battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the die-hard SS on the Fatherland’s borders. Having miraculously survived the long, bloody march across Europe, Sparks was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria, where he and his men experienced some of the most intense street fighting suffered by Americans in World War II.

12. The Prince (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)

Author: by Niccolo Machiavelli
Penguin Classics

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A new series of beautiful hardcover nonfiction classics, with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-SmithWorld-changing ideas meet eye-catching design: the best titles of the extraordinarily successful Great Ideas series are now packaged in Coralie Bickford-Smith’s distinctive, award-winning covers. Whether on a well-curated shelf or in your back pocket, these timeless works of philosophical, political, and psychological thought are absolute must-haves for book collectors as well as design enthusiasts.

As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccol Machiavelli knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers?

When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for modern times.

13. Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe

Author: by Judith Herrin
576 pages

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A riveting history of the city that led the West out of the ruins of the Roman EmpireAt the end of the fourth century, as the power of Rome faded and Constantinople became the seat of empire, a new capital city was rising in the West.

Here, in Ravenna on the coast of Italy, Arian Goths and Catholic Romans competed to produce an unrivaled concentration of buildings and astonishing mosaics. For three centuries, the city attracted scholars, lawyers, craftsmen, and religious luminaries, becoming a true cultural and political capital.

Bringing this extraordinary history marvelously to life, Judith Herrin rewrites the history of East and West in the Mediterranean world before the rise of Islam and shows how, thanks to Byzantine influence, Ravenna played a crucial role in the development of medieval Christendom.

Drawing on deep, original research, Herrin tells the personal stories of Ravenna while setting them in a sweeping synthesis of Mediterranean and Christian history. She narrates the lives of the Empress Galla Placidia and the Gothic king Theoderic and describes the achievements of an amazing cosmographer and a doctor who revived Greek medical knowledge in Italy, demolishing the idea that the West just descended into the medieval “Dark Ages.”Beautifully illustrated and drawing on the latest archaeological findings, this monumental book provides a bold new interpretation of Ravenna’s lasting influence on the culture of Europe and the West.

14. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

Author: by G. J. Meyer
816 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Drawing on exhaustive research, this intimate account details how World War I reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of our modern worldThundering, magnificent … [A World Undone] is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure….

It will earn generations of admirers. The Washington TimesOn a summer day in 1914, a nineteen-year-old Serbian nationalist gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. While the world slumbered, monumental forces were shaken. In less than a month, a combination of ambition, deceit, fear, jealousy, missed opportunities, and miscalculation sent Austro-Hungarian troops marching into Serbia, German troops streaming toward Paris, and a vast Russian army into war, with England as its ally.

As crowds cheered their armies on, no one could guess what lay ahead in the First World War: four long years of slaughter, physical and moral exhaustion, and the near collapse of a civilization that until 1914 had dominated the globe.

15. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Author: by Ross King
Bloomsbury USA
208 pages

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The New York Times bestselling, award winning story of the construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and the Renaissance genius who reinvented architecture to build it. On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence’s magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore was announced: “Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome….

Shall do so before the end of the month of September.” The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe.

The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air. Of the many plans submitted, one stood out-a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, then forty-one, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome’s construction.

16. DK Eyewitness Paris (Travel Guide)

Author: by DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness Travel
328 pages

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Experience the city of love on your next trip! This travel guide is packed with ideas to make your visit to Paris memorable. Whether you want to be awed by iconic landmarks, lose yourself in the Louvre, or stroll along the Seine, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Paris has to offer.

Inside the pages of this Paris travel guide, you’ll discover: Our pick of Paris must-sees, top experiences, hidden gems, and the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay Detailed maps and walks make navigating the city easy Easy-to-follow itineraries to help you plan your trip Expert advice and travel tips to help you get ready, get around and stay safe Color-coded chapters to every part of Paris, from Champs-lyses to Belleville, Montmartre to Montparnasse Available in a handy format that is lightweight and portableBonjour Paris!

Walk the streets of Paris, pop into a cafe or bakery, or spend an afternoon sightseeing. DK Books’ updated city guide brings Paris to life, and with expert-led insights, trusted travel advice, and lists of top things to do in Paris, you’ll experience this European gem in all its majesty.