La Storia è come un film: un emozionante succedersi di fotogrammi. Nel raccontarla, però, c'è spesso la tendenza a concentrarsi sui grandi avvenimenti e sui singoli protagonisti, trascurando così le realtà sociali ed economiche all'origine degli eventi. Ma l'evolversi della vita quotidiana nel tempo è anch'esso un racconto appassionante e, soprattutto, capire come sia cambiato nei secoli il modo in cui la gente si nutre, si sposta, riscalda gli ambienti, fa l'amore o amministra la giustizia, è una chiave fondamentale per leggere correttamente il cammino dell'umanità attraverso i secoli. In un dialogo stimolante che unisce rigore, aneddoti e curiosità, Piero Angela – padre della divulgazione in Italia – e lo storico Alessandro Barbero ci fanno immergere nelle esistenze degli uomini comuni di diversi periodi e di differenti aree geografiche e, epoca dopo epoca, ci fanno scoprire in che modo le trasformazioni del lavoro, delle famiglie e delle società hanno portato al mondo di oggi.
The Reach of Rome
Author: Alberto Angela
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
In this unconventional and accessible history, Italian best-seller Alberto Angela literally follows the money to map the reach and power of the Roman Empire. To see a map of the Roman Empire at the height of its territorial expansion is to be struck by its size, stretching from Scotland to Kuwait, from the Sahara to the North Sea. What was life like in the Empire, and how were such diverse peoples and places united under one rule? The Reach of Rome explores these questions through an ingenious lens: the path of a single coin as it changes hands and traverses the vast realms of the empire in the year 115. Admired in his native Italy for his ability to bring history to life through narrative, Alberto Angela opens up the ancient world to readers who have felt intimidated by the category or put off by dry historical tomes. By focusing on aspects of daily life so often overlooked in more academic treatments, The Reach of Rome travels back in time and shows us a world that was perhaps not very different from our own. And by following the path of a coin through the streams of commerce, we can touch every corner of that world and its people, from legionnaires and senators to prostitutes and slaves. Through lively and detailed vignettes all based on archeological and historical evidence, Angela reveals the vast Roman world and its remarkable modernity, and in so doing he reinforces the relevance of the ancient world for a new generation of readers.
The Eyes of Venice
Author: Alessandro Barbero
Winner of the Alessandro Manzoni Prize for Fiction Venice at the end of the 1500s is an unforgiving city. The Doge rules with an iron fist and the Holy Office harbors suspicions about everything and everyone. Even the walls have eyes. The Republic of Venice watches and listens, then passes judgment swiftly and definitively. In a city where everyone is assumed guilty of something, a young stonemason by the name of Michele has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Afraid for his life, he flees the city aboard a galley carrying gold coin, leaving behind his young wife, Bianca. Banished from his home, Michele embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures as the ship he travels on stops in every port and on every island of the Mediterranean. In order to survive this once naïve and immature boy must fast become a man, one possessed of cunning, courage and fortitude. Bianca remains alone in the cruel and treacherous Venice. She faces challenges that are, if anything, even more difficult than those of Michele, and will encounter all the terrors and mysteries that the labyrinthine city holds in its blind alleys and narrow passageways. And she, like Michele, will discover in herself a tenacious and indestructible will to survive. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reconstructs the history of Earth within the context of a single calendar year, from the formation of Earth in January to the appearance of humans in December
Dalle terre nebbiose dell’Europa del Nord alle assolate distese d’Oriente, tra amori e battaglie, intrighi e lotte per il potere, rivivono le epiche gesta dei cavalieri medievali. Continuano le vicende dei giovani protagonisti del romanzo “Astur la spada della sorte”. Michael dovrà combattere contro l’inganno e il tradimento, Ferrand conoscerà i segreti della setta degli Assassini e si batterà con la spada e con la fede per preservare il Graal.
The Anonymous Novel
Author: Alessandro Barbero
The murder of an Islamic cleric, loyal to the Soviet Union, has unexpected repercussions in this novel set in Gorbachev's Russia. The cast of characters includes a middle-aged judge driven by curiosity and the intellectual challenge of his work; a nervous and neurotic young historian willing to run all manner of risks to uncover the state crimes of the forties; a nerdy, well-educated and good-natured young journalist motivated principally by the desire to enjoy life and not dwell on the miseries of the past; and a KGB general once responsible for some of the purges. But the greatest protagonist of them all: the Russian public, as they emerge from one dismal reality and hurtle unknowingly towards another.
This voyage of exploration chronicles twenty-four hours in the life of a Roman patrician, beginning at dawn on an ordinary day in the year 115 A.D., with Imperial Rome at the height of its power.
Author: Andri Pol, Peter Stamm, Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
For most people locations that hold a particular importance for the development of our society and for the advancement of science and technology often remain hidden from view. They are separate and protected, such as CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, close to the city of Geneva. CERN is best known for its giant particle accelerator. Here researchers from around the world take part in a diverse array of fundamental physical research, in the pursuit of knowledge that will perhaps one day revolutionize our understanding of the universe and life on our planet. The Swiss photographer Andri Pol mixed with this multicultural community of researchers and followed their work over an extended period of time. In doing so he created a unique portrait of this fascinating "underworld." The cutting-edge research is given a human face and even if we don't fully understand the processes at work, the pictures allow us to perceive how in this world of the tiniest particles the biggest connections are searched for. With an explanatory text and scientific-philosophical essay.
A Winter's Night
Author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Set during the first half of the twentieth century, this is the story of the Brunis, a family of farmers from the Italian Padan Plain who have worked the land since time immemorial. And it is a story about the homeless multitudes, travelers, and tinkers, roaming Europe during the hardscrabble nineteen-twenties and thirties. In this expansive novel, reminiscent of Bertolucci’s masterpiece 1900 in its scope and subject matter, these two worlds meet when the Brunis open their great barn and offer it as a refuge for those in need of a warm, dry, and safe place to sleep and eat. The barn becomes font and inspiration for a series of vivid stories involving sundry strangers, the Bruni parents themselves, and their nine children—seven boys and two girls—who will grow into young men and women during World War I and its aftermath. Told in the tradition of country folktales and framed by the devastating years of strife—two world wars and the years of fascism—these stories will delight readers from the first page to the last. Manfredi’s A Winter’s Night provides a timely reminder that simple values and a sense of solidarity with our fellow human beings remain of vital importance, above all in a world undergoing momentous and rapid change.
The Broken Window
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Chasing down a vicious serial killer who complicates his crimes by leaving behind iron-clan evidence implicating innocent people, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs reluctantly team up for the investigation only to find themselves rendered the killer's next targets. By the author of The Cold Moon. 300,000 first printing.
Dedicated to life and love. Staff Building is about people with an extraordinary talent for working with other people: people who have mastered the art of successful team building. In this passionate, engaging and entertaining novel, Coach Alessandro Vianello writes about his really special Italian Friends, his way of being a Coach and his experience in company, sports and volunteer staff management at the highest levels: "a lot of stuff"! Staff Building tells the stories of a world volleyball coach, Gianni Caprara, "the Czar" (team spirit); a coach, trainer and mentor, Piero Monestier, "the Marine" (ethics and values); a golf coach of the Italian National Golf Team, Federico Bisazza, "the Specialist" (specific skills), a business man and General Agent of the Ina-Assitalia group, Roberto Oliva, "the Secret Agent" (planning and results ), a consultant in the tourism industry, Giuliano Vantaggi, " Enthusiasm" (attitude), a director and university professor, Renato Padoan, "the Master" (leadership), of a mysterious "Shaman" and of "Wild Pants." Staff Building is not a manual, but a collection of moving and engaging stories that may inspire your life too. In this novel the stories of the protagonists are interwoven with the stories of exceptional leaders (such as Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Keith Ferrazzi, Enzo Ferrari, Leonardo Del Vecchio), of wonderful women (such as Sofia Loren, Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sharon Stone, Monica Bellucci), of phenomenal coaches (such as Jose Mourinho, Pat Riley, Julio Velasco), of super sports champions (such as Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Giani, Matteo Manassero, Fernando Alonso, Valentino Rossi) and of wonderful people who put themselves at the service of those who need it (the Clown Doctors). All the royalties of Staff Building by Alessandro Vianello, net of costs and taxes, will support the social, cultural and charitable projects of the Cultural Association no-profit "TUTTI INSIEME NELLO STESSO MOMENTO," born to Unite, Entertain, Build. Thank you very much for your help, enjoy, and spread the word (TAM-TAM).
Russian and Soviet cinema occupies a unique place in the history of world cinema. Legendary filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Paradjanov have created oeuvres that are being screened and studied all over the world. The Soviet film industry was different from others because its main criterion of success was not profit, but the ideological and aesthetic effect on the viewer. Another important feature is Soviet cinema’s multinational (Eurasian) character: while Russian cinema was the largest, other national cinemas such as Georgian, Kazakh, and Ukrainian played a decisive role for Soviet cinema as a whole. The Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema provides a rich tapestry of factual information, together with detailed critical assessments of individual artistic accomplishments. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema contains a chronology, an introduction, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on directors, performers, cinematographers, composers, designers, producers, and studios. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Russian and Soviet Cinema.
The Death of Expertise
Author: Tom Nichols
Publisher: Oxford University Press
People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.