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The Big Book of Italian American Culture Paperback – 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Sanniti Publications (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965271404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965271400
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,370,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a compendium, in soft-cover magazine/textbook style, of stories about the lives of Italian immigrants in America. The people are so different and the stories vary so much one from the other that it defies anything you have ever heard about Italian stereotypes. If the immigrants could be classified at all it would be that they all worked tirelessly in their pursuits. Not all achieved success as we know it. Take the story about "the Human Mole" , Baldasare Forestiere who bought a large plot of land and, to the embarrassment of his family, spent forty years creating a ten-acre subterranean maze of curving passageways, rooms, courtyards, patios and grottos beneath the surface of his property. There is a description of life on a mushroom farm; a beautiful poem about a summer kitchen in the middle of a garden in Brooklyn; a housewife who took in single Italian boarders and treated them like family. Then there are the famous Italians, Giannini, Mario Lanza, Enrico Caruso and the infamous Lucky Luciano, Al Capone etc. I highly recommend this book it is filled with interesting information, a great reference book, heart-warming and entertaining. This book is a joy to read and a treasure to own.
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This is an excellent compendium of Italian American "in a nutshell" facts and effects of Italian Americans' heritage and its impact to all of American society, through the years beginning with the earliest immigrants to the present day.
It is six stars and more.
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This book was a given to me as a gift many years ago, & have in turn I have given it to many friends and family. Prof DiStasi has gathered stories on some of the most well-known and not so well known Italian Americans to created one of the best books on the Italian American culture. The contributors vary but Prof DiStasi wrote many of the articles himself, which is a treat as he is so well versed on the history of Italian American culture. Many of the stories are tales of what we grew up with, but quite a few surprises were there. Who knew that the real Mr. Peanut was an Italian American name Amedeo Obici, who realized that during poor economic times, one would pay a nickel for a bag of peanuts, or that Charles Atlas was really Angelo Siciliano? So many wonderful stories, totally unbiased, covering every field, every view, plus it covered various parts of the United States. The book is split in segments, covering the world of politics, sports, music, agriculture, arts, social leaders as well as industrial leaders. Thanks to The Big Book of Italian American Culture, I went to see the Forestiere Gardens, not too far from me, but who knew it existed? I now know why Italians went to Arkansas. Everyone who received this book as a gift from me raves about it. It is a book I will recommended and again and again.
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Excellent service, prompt delivery, excellent conditon
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