“Amazingly compendious . . . The best one-volume history of Italy now available . . . [The Pursuit of Italy] has the same tonic, exhilarating impact as the thigh-slapping overture to a Verdi opera.” —Jonathan Keates, The Literary Review
“[The Pursuit of Italy has] a freshness and readability often lacking in more laborious histories, an attractiveness reinforced by the quality of the writing, which is versatile and vivid and frequently witty, able to encompass both densely factual material and complicated narrative without loss of clarity or elegance . . . Compelling to read and highly informative . . . Brilliantly accomplished.” —Barry Unsworth, The Spectator
“Lucid and elegant, clever and provocative . . . Tracing Italy’s history from Romulus and Remus to the misdemeanours of Silvio Berlusconi, Gilmour develops his thesis with wit, style, and a great deal of learning.” —Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times (London)
“[A] well-researched and engaging canter through the peninsula’s history.” —Peter Popham, The Independent
“[Gilmour is] a witty guide with an elegant prose style and a mind delightfully furnished with anecdotes and dictums, sensual impressions and conversations . . . [His] prose smells not of the archive but of a convivial meal eaten beneath a pergola in the Pisan hills.” —Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Daily Telegraph
“Gilmour’s elegantly written book . . . is full of impressive insights . . . A stimulating, up-to-date and reliable guide to modern Italian history.” —Tony Barber, Financial Times
“In this superb history of Italy and the Italian people, Gilmour celebrates a nation of bewilderingly mixed bloods and ethnicities . . . The Pursuit of Italy offers an enduring tribute to a various and wonderful people.” —Ian Thomson, Evening Standard
Sir David Gilmour is one of Britain’s most admired and accomplished historical writers and biographers. His previous books include The Last Leopard, The Long Recessional (FSG, 2002), and, most recently, The Ruling Caste (FSG, 2006).
This is a clear, well-written book that offers a relatively brief history of Italy. It really helps to understand all the past factors that contribute to why Italy is the way it... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Nancy C.
A bit ponderous, but very interesting. The book definitely advocates the author's point of view.Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Karton
If you are interested in learning about the history of Italy, this is one book to have in your library!Published 2 months ago by Louisa
If you review ratings of this book, you will find that most reviewers like it, but there is a scattering of gripes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lyndonbrecht
I mistakenly wrote a review for this book which was intended for "A brief history of Italy 476 -"Published 6 months ago by Victor Leo