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Endorsed by chapters of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, Fieri, UNICO, and Canada's CIBPA.
 
Title:   "The Golden Milestone - The Italian Heritage of Innovation and Contribution to Civilization (4th Edition)
Author:      Russell Esposito.
Binding:     paperback
Publisher:  The New York Learning Library
ISBN:         0967143616
List price:   $19.95 (This is the price at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, plus shipping)
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Pages:         549
Dimensions: 1.33 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches
 

This highly acclaimed and comprehensive book offers readers over 2,500 years of Italian and Italian-American accomplishments. The book’s 22 chapters cover every subject: art, architecture, music, fashion, science, law, culinary arts, economics, medicine, automobiles, the entertainment industry, sports, and much more. The author's ability to blend facts with some humor and personal anecdotes makes this book a joy to read. The book covers the wonders of ancient Rome, Renaissance Italy, as well as modern contributions and Nobel Prize winners. The book is illustrated and contains an astonishing collection of inventions and accomplishments. For example, Italians invented the piano, violin, opera, ballet, battery, telescope, radio, and telephone in NYC years before Alexander Bell. Discover how Enrico Fermi ushered in the atomic age, and how Italian sculptors carved the Lincoln memorial in Washington D.C. Explore the chapter on Literature to uncover the origins of many famous fairy tales (Cinderella, Snow White, Pinocchio, etc.). In the chapter on American Government, the author quotes John F. Kennedy who wrote in his book, "A Nation of Immigrants" that the great American principle, all men are created equal, originated with an Italian physician, Philip Maezzi, who was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. Also, learn how physicist Federico Faggin of Italy developed the world’s first computer microprocessor while working for Intel. Discover the lives of many other distinguished personalities: NYC Mayors, the President of the European Union, and the Director of the European Space Agency. The Golden Milestone has thousands of notable entries and fascinating facts. Critics agree. It is a must for anyone's library.

This book also includes a unique 'Italy Travel Guide' supplement that combines history and attractions for over twenty cities and locations in Italy. A great gift idea for any occasion ! ( 549 pages, 34 illustrations)

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"A solid phrasebook" 
Debbie Lee 
Wesselmann 
Title:        Italian At - A - Glance (Barron's )
Author:      Barron's
Binding:     paperback (pocket book with clear plastic cover)
Publisher:  Barron's Educational Series
ISBN:         0764112562
List price:     $6.95
Your cost:    $3.95
Pages:           320
Dimensions: 0.63 x 6.24 x 3.90 inches

Thousands of expressions you need for travel. The dictionary has over 2000 important words. Color coded chapters for fast reference. Maps of Italian cities, roads, rapid transit and rail lines. This small compact book fits right in your pocket, and has a clear plastic cover. A handy reference to keep with you.


"...suspenseful story
tells of a city frozen
in time by disaster."
Ingram Book Group
Title:       The Buried City of Pompeii (an "I was there" book)
Author:      Tanaka, Shelley
Binding:     oversized hardcover
Publisher:   Hyperion
ISBN:         0786802855
List price:      $16.95
Your cost:      $  6.95
Pages:            48
Dimensions: 0.42 x 11.33 x 9.36 inches

Children's book for ages 10 and up, yet very informative for adults and the whole family to share and experience together.

Many detail color photographs and illustrations of this famous archeological site. A great gift !

Almost 2000 years ago, a modern, prosperous Roman city was lost forever, buried in lava and ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted without warning. The "I Was There" narrative of this suspenseful story tells of a city frozen in time by disaster--and what it might have been like to live and die there. Although stories about Pompeii were told for hundreds of years after the city was abandoned, the first archaeological excavations did not begin until 1748. Informative sidebars, full color illustrations, and a compelling narrative will pull readers into the action of history.



"...valuable for the
 illustrative material.
"
School Library Journal
Title:           Westward With Columbus
Author:      Dyson, John
Binding:     oversized hardcover
Publisher:  Scholastic
ISBN:        0590438468
List price:   $15.95
Your cost:  $  6.95
Pages:          64
Dimensions: 0.52 x 11.32 x 8.82 inches
 

"Excellent full-color photographs show a crew of students dressed in 15th-century costume, aboard ship and reenacting Columbus's claiming of the New World for Spain...valuable for the illustrative material." School Library Journal

A great gift! Young adult book for ages 12 to adult. The somewhat larger print makes it easier to read for older persons as well - good for the whole family to read and share comments at the dinner table. Printed on the inside of the book's dust-jacket is a full color 11" x 27" wall poster.

Through the eyes of  a young boy on the Santa Maria, readers relive what it was like to sail on the fateful voyage that changed the world forever. Full color photographs of John Dyson's 1990 voyage in the new Niña, as well as original illustrations, historical paintings, maps and diagrams, give a vivid picture of what it was like to sail with Columbus. Peter Christopher, award-winning photographer of international renown, sailed with John Dyson on board the Niña in the summer of 1990.        

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