The Italian 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Cultural, Scientific, and Political Figures, Past and Present (Google eBook)
An invaluable addition to the Citadel 100 series that ranks the most prominent Italian figures in history--from the Chairman of the Board to the Mayor of New York City Now more than ever, Americans have entered into a passionate love affair with all things Italian, from the world-changing adventures of Christopher Columbus to the drama of opera to Italian cinema to the epic family saga of The Sopranos. The Italian 100 chronicles the rich legacy of Italians and Italian-Americans in a ranking of the most influential 100 and the enduring nature of their contributions. The giants who immeasurably changed the size and shape of our world--Galileo (ranked #1), Christopher Columbus (#2), and Marconi (#3)--grace the top of the list, while artistic and literary giants such as Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Petrarch, and Dante feature prominently. Also profiled are the brilliant (and sometimes despotic) political leaders such as Niccolo Machiavelli, Lorenzo de' Medici, Garibaldi, Rudolph Giuliani, and Benito Mussolini, and geniuses of music, theater, and film such as Vivaldi, Puccini, Pavarotti, Fellini, Scorcese, and Sinatra. The Italian 100 also highlights less-familiar figures who have left legacies of equal magnitude, such as Guido of Arezzo, who invented the musical staff: Leonardo Fibonacci, who introduced Arabic numerals to the Western world, Saint Fabiola, the Roman matron credited with cofounding the first public hospital in Western Europe; and Bartolommeo Cristofori, inventor of the modern piano. Part cultural companion, part historical reference, and part celebration, The Italian 100 is a fresh and sometimes controversial look at a people who, throughout more than fifteencenturies, have had an enormous and profound effect on every aspect of the modern world.
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Leonardo da Vinci
Giovanni Battista Morgagni
Salvador Edward Luria
Ugo Cerletti and Lucio Bini
Francesco Bonaventura Cavalieri
Amedeo Avogadro and Stanislao Cannizzaro
Francesco Maria Grimaldi
Guido of Arezzo
Aldo Manuzio the Elder and Aldo Manuzio the Younger
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St Francis of Assisi
Giovanni da Verrazano
Leon Battista Alberti
Alessandro Scarlatti and Domenico Scarlatti
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Charles Lucky Luciano
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Francis Ford Coppola
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti
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Page vi - The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean. On those shores were the four great empires of the world ; the Assyrian, the Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman. All our religion, almost all our law, almost all our arts, almost all that sets us above savages, has come to us from the shores of the Mediterranean.