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Virgil's Golden Egg and Other Neapolitan Miracles: An Investigation into the Sources of Creativity

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“Ledeen, a former consultant to the US National Security Council and the Defense Department Channels his enthusiasm for the city of Naples into a unique meditation on the origins of its creativity. His exploration touches on the city’s roots, history, religion, myths, Mafia ties, customs, and finally destiny, culminating in an exuberant celebration of its rich culture.”

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“The essential thing to grasp, as Ledeen makes clear with his lively prose and encyclopedic knowledge of Neapolitan anecdote, is that Naples is not Italian at all… Ledeen argues that the fact of its continuous habitation means that Naples is almost a microcosm of European history; a unique record of a place that has received the marks of every passing political and cultural current without ever having been completely conquered by any.”

—Richard Fernandez, pjmedia.com

About the Author

Michael A. Ledeen is the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributing editor to National Review Online. He was an advisor to Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, and a consultant to the National Security Council and the Defense Department of the United States. His books include Accomplice to Evil and Freedom Betrayed.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412842409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412842402
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Boffa on December 19, 2011
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A very insightful book that explores the culture of Naples, and why it is such a uniquely creative city. The book is particularly interesting because the author, who has spent considerable time there, analyzes not just what makes Naples especially creative, but also what makes similar cities around the world hotbeds of creative energy. I found the author's thoery fascinating that the proximity to a volcano which would erupt anytime causes a level of anxiety that contributes to the creative juice that drives the city. This book is well worth reading for anyone who wants to gain deeper insights into the creative process in humanity. I recommend it highly.
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If you have been to Naples, then read this book to understand what you have seen, and to know what you failed to see. If you plan to go to Naples, then read this book to see what you should see, and to understand what you will see. If you are not planning to visit Naples, then change your plans and visit this city of mystery. And if you fail to see Naples, then read this book to learn how to discover the mysteries of your own city.
Michael Ledeen is a clairvoyant historian. He sees the apparent and masked realities of Neapolitan life: Vesuvius and plague haunt this city; foreign occupation, crime and corrupt bureaucracy oppress life. Yet in spite of or because of this all, this ancient urb is perpetually creative.

Milton Kotler
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This delightful book is a must read for anyone planning a visit to this extraordinary city. Laced with humor and beautifully written, "Virgil's Golden Egg" is both a history and a rumination. Michael Ledeen is a wonderful story-teller, and his love of Naples glows on every page.
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A really fun and informative book. Lots of surprises. He has a knack for picking out unique cultural features and describing them in a very entertaining way. Loved the book.
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