Sprezzatura by Peter D'Epiro
50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World

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A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?

“Sprezzatura,” or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated effortless mastery throughout history quite like the Italians. From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra (Claudio Monteverdi) to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science (Niccolò Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.

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About Peter D'Epiro

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Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish are the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists-Fully Explicated. D'Epiro lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Pinkowish lives in Larchmont, New York.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 418 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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In 50 bite-sized chapters that are as delicious as they are short, D'Epiro and Pinkowish (What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?) take readers through a whirlwind tour of 25 centuries of culture and history on the Italian peninsula.

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