They have reason to celebrate: Italy, after all, has exerted an influence in world affairs and culture all out of proportion to its size and population, and has done so for hundreds of years. Among the authors' subjects are the navigators Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni Verrazano, whose transoceanic voyages changed the course of world history; Andrea Palladio, the architect whose theories have guided designers and builders to the present day; Claudio Monteverdi, whom the authors call "the father of modern music," who gave the world not only fine operas but also the modern orchestra; Enzo Ferrari, the great automaker; Roberto Rossellini, the often overlooked pioneer of New Wave cinema; and the anonymous Roman engineers who built aqueducts, sewers, and roads that still stand today.
Though short on interpretation (d'Epiro and Pinkowish offer little insight into why Italy should have produced such an abundance of inventive, often daring men--and women, though only a few figure in their pages), this anecdotal collection of biographical sketches is a pleasing entertainment for admirers of all things Italian. --Gregory McNamee
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The book is a good starting point for anyone interested in history.
It conveys the numerous nuggets of information, all of which are needed to fill in the historical/biographical panorama, without strain and with clarity and precision.
Lots of different topics like art, architecture, politics, science, and religion.
Sprezzatura offers the American reader unfamiliar with the accomplishments in Italian history, literature, nuclear science,medicine, and fashion that have contributed to our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy L. DAntuono
One of my favorite books. It's amazing which everyday innovations came out of Italy. [e.g. the fork, high heels, the basis for French cuisine etc. ]Published 10 months ago by JR
Reveals the definition of magisterial elegance. Examples in action of the near impossible as second nature...Impossible to fake, easily detected. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Clyf
Proud to be an Italian and was amazed at all the great works the people of my heritage have accomplished.Published 16 months ago by Shirley V. Catalano
IT TELLS QUITE ALOT ABOUT THE ITALIAN INPUT INTO THE WORLD. THIS IS MY HERITAGE AND I ALWAYS
LIKE TO READ ABOUT THE MANY THINGS THE ITALIANS HAVE CONTRIBUTED. LB
I'm actually surprised how well D'Epiro presents Italian culture in this book. The chapters are short and the reading isn't pedantic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fiat Veritas
This is a must-have book in the library of the casual reader of history! We in the U.S. and the world need to understand the rich legacy we have inherited from our Italian... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Oma L Rose
If you know me, you know that I am very proud of my Italian heritage. I have often said if you take the 15th century contributions made by Florence to the western world they would... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill
Purchased this book from Amazon and am enjoying learning about how Italian genius informed the world. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of the writing style. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Nicoletta