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Author: David Gilmour Narrator: Napoleon Ryan Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781541479975
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Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? These questions are asked and answered in a number of ways in this engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance-and weakness-of Italy today. David Gilmour's ex­ploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled with the great figures of the Italian past-from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medicis, from Garibaldi and Cavour to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. Gilmour's wise account of the Risorgimento, the pivotal epoch in modern Italian history, debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era. Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinc­tive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation. Download and start listening now!

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  • Gilmour's compelling look into Italy's past as a way of understanding its present offers a fascinating glimpse of the failures and triumphs of the country. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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About the Author

David Gilmour is one of Britain’s most admired and accomplished historical writers and biographers. His other books include The Last Leopard, The Long Recessional, and The Ruling Caste.

About the Narrator

Mark Edwards write psychological thrillers. His first solo novel, The Magpies, topped the Kindle chart in the UK. He has coauthored four novels with Louise Voss: Catch Your Death (a #1 bestseller in the UK), Killing Cupid (chosen by Peter James as his book of 2012), All Fall Down, and Forward Slash. After a career that has taken in everything from picking broad beans and answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, Mark currently writes full time. He lives in the West Midlands with his wife, three children, and a ginger cat.