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The City of Falling Angels
The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt
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Once again John Berendt proves he is a powerful magnet for eccentrics. With clever proficiency, Berendt depicts for readers a host of quirky characters, providing an exclusive glimpse into the Venice you won't see as a tourist. Gossipy yet wholly... (read more)

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Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
by Dianne Hales
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Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all timeand#8212;Mona Lisa.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune... (read more)

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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
by Carlo Ginzburg
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The first full-length autobiography in Bengali, Amar Jiban (My Life) was written in the early nineteenth century by an upper-caste rural housewife named Rashundari Debi. Published in 1868 when she was 88 years old, the book is a fascinating snapshot of... (read more)

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The Stones of Florence
The Stones of Florence
by Mary Mccarthy
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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation   Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the... (read more)

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The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
by David Gilmour
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A provocative, entertaining account of Italys diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and present Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question... (read more)

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The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
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In the tradition of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, Douglas Preston weaves a captivating account of crime and punishment in the lush hills of Florence, Italy. Douglas Preston fulfilled... (read more)

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Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City
Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City
by Robert C Davis
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A cultural critique of the world's most touristed city.... (read more)

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The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici
The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici
by Elizabeth Lev
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“Well-written and meticulously researched, The Tigress of Forlì recreates the world of Renaissance Italy in all its grandeur and violence. At the center stands a remarkable woman, Caterina Riario Sforza. Mother, warrior, and icon, Caterina... (read more)

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Risorgimento: the History of Italy From Napolean To Nation State (09 Edition)
Risorgimento: the History of Italy From Napolean To Nation State (09 Edition)
by Lucy Riall
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A provocative and readable examination of the Risorgimento and the Italian unification, incorporating the latest research.... (read more)

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The Early History of Rome (Penguin Classics)
The Early History of Rome (Penguin Classics)
by Livy
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With stylistic brilliance and historical imagination, the first five books of Livy's monumental history of Rome record events from the foundation of Rome through the history of the seven kings, the establishment of the Republic and its internal struggles,... (read more)

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The Lombards (Peoples of Europe)
The Lombards (Peoples of Europe)
by Neil Christie
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This book offers a survey of the history and archaeology of the Longobards (known until recently as the Lombards), one of the many barbarian tribes who exploited the collapse of the Roman Empire.... (read more)

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy
Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy
by Sarah Bradford
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The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissanceincest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as bestselling biographer Sarah Bradford... (read more)

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St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found... and Then Lost and Found Again
St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found... and Then Lost and Found Again
by Thomas J. Craughwell
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   In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth... (read more)

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Montefeltro Conspiracy: a Renaissance Mystery Decoded (08 Edition)
Montefeltro Conspiracy: a Renaissance Mystery Decoded (08 Edition)
by Marcello Simonetta
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A brutal murder, a nefarious plot, a coded letter. After five hundred years, the most notorious mystery of the Renaissance is finally solved. The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it is for art, with papal politics and infighting... (read more)

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House of Medici : Its Rise and Fall (80 Edition)
House of Medici : Its Rise and Fall (80 Edition)
by Christopher Hibbert
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It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici,... (read more)

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The Jews of Early Modern Venice
The Jews of Early Modern Venice
by Robert C. (edt) Davis
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In this authoritative volume, specialists from many fields of Jewish studies provide an introduction to the history of the ghetto of Venice and up-to-date scholarship on the subject from the perspectives of various disciplines--including political... (read more)

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The World of Venice: Revised Edition (Harvest Book)
The World of Venice: Revised Edition (Harvest Book)
by Jan Morris
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A fascinating exploration of the history, sights, seasons, arts, food, and people of an incomparable city. “A highly intelligent portrait of an eccentric city, written in powerful prose and enlivened by many curious mosaics of information...a... (read more)

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Renaissance Florence on 5 Florins a Day (Traveling on 5)
Renaissance Florence on 5 Florins a Day (Traveling on 5)
by Charles Fitzroy
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Welcome to Florence in 1490. Under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, no city on earth can match its culture, learning, art, and naked ambition. Here, in the cradle of the Renaissance, you'll meet the great banking families and traders who have made... (read more)

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Between Salt Water and Holy Water : History of Southern Italy (05 Edition)
Between Salt Water and Holy Water : History of Southern Italy (05 Edition)
by Tommaso Astarita
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Both the Romans and the Greeks were attracted to the dramatically beautiful coasts and fertile plains of the region later known as "The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies." In fact, all myriad influences that shaped modern civilization in the Mediterranean come... (read more)

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Venice: A New History
Venice: A New History
by Thomas F Madden
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A spellbinding new portrait of one of the worlds most beloved cities La Serenissima. Its breathtaking architecture, art, and opera ensure that Venice remains a perennially popular destination for tourists and armchair travelers alike. Yet most of the... (read more)

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