The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Niccolò Machiavelli

As a tender Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was once capable of discover firsthand the lives of individuals strongly united less than one strong ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his extreme wish to see the Medici family members imagine an analogous function in Italy supplied the basis for his "primer for princes." during this vintage consultant to buying and holding political energy, Machiavelli used a rational method of propose potential rulers, constructing logical arguments and choices for a few strength difficulties, between them governing hereditary monarchies, facing colonies and the therapy of conquered peoples. clean in its directness, but usually worrying in its chilly practicality, The Prince units down a frighteningly pragmatic formulation for political fortune. Starkly correct to the political upheavals of the 20 th century, this calculating prescription for strength is still this day, approximately 500 years after it used to be written, a well timed and startling lesson within the perform of autocratic rule that is still a lot learn and studied by means of scholars, students and basic readers as well.

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Harry's Bar Cookbook

By Arrigo Cipriani

There's just one Harry's Bar. it's concurrently a loved Venetian landmark, a bar recognized for its beverages, a world assembly position, and a sumptuous eating place. Harry's Bar is the best, such a lot subtle eating place on the planet. during the last fifty years it's been the favorite hang-out of the main glamorous stars: Orson Welles, Hemingway, Noel Coward and Richard Burton have been all usual costumers. The bar's risottos and pasta dishes are its speciality. yet different uncomplicated kingdom foodstuff similar to polenta, squid and beans are reworked into the main dependent dishes; and the e-book presents recipes for making the bar's recognized cocktails, together with the prestigious Bellini.

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Critical Companion to Dante: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

By Jay Rudd

Sifting conscientiously throughout the voluminous literature, Ruud (English, U. of relevant Arkansas) deals scholars and normal readers an advent to Italian poet Dante (1265-1321) and his works. A biography is through targeted remark at the Divine Comedy and his lesser identified writings. one of the appendices are a chronology and a listing of net assets.

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Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

By Frances Mayes

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, approximately coming of age within the Deep South and the region’s robust impression on her life.

The writer of 3 liked books approximately her existence in Italy, together with Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning issues that outlined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. together with her signature sort and charm, Mayes explores the facility of panorama, the belief of domestic, and the lasting strength of a chaotic and loving family members.

From her years as a lively, secretive baby, via her collage studies—a interval of beautiful freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her get away to a brand new existence in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the serious relationships of her prior, recounting the sour and candy tales of her complex kin: her appealing but fragile mom, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose existence Garbert stored; grandmother mom Mayes; and the kinfolk maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly sincere, funny, and relocating ode to kinfolk and position, and a considerate meditation at the methods they outline us, or reason us to outline ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the wonder of the South, the smells and tastes at her family members desk, the perfume of her place of birth bushes, and writes an unforgettable tale of a woman whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the remainder of the area, after which to a profound go back home.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Rick Steves' Venice 2014

By Rick Steves

You can expect Rick Steves to inform you what you really want to know while traveling the island urban of Venice.

Following the self-guided excursions during this publication, you’ll discover Venice’s most vital landmarks and cruise the Grand Canal for a close-up examine the stylish palaces, bridges, and church buildings. You’ll observe picturesque lanes, benefit from the most sensible urban perspectives, and journey outlying islands within the lagoon. Dine at a romantic canal-side eating place, or sign up for the locals at a attribute cicchetti bar and munch seafood-on-a-toothpick. because the stars shine over St. Mark’s sq., sway to the unfastened tune of café orchestras.

Rick’s candid, funny recommendation will consultant you to good-value resorts and eating places. You’ll easy methods to discover Venice ordinary and get updated suggestion on what’s worthy it slow and funds. greater than simply studies and instructions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a travel consultant on your pocket.

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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure

They'd met and married on perilously brief acquaintance, she an American chef and nutrients author, he a Venetian banker. Now they have been taking one other audacious bounce, unstitching their ties with beautiful Venice to dwell in a approximately renovated strong in Tuscany.

Once back, it was once love at the start sight. Love for the undying nation-state and the traditional village of San Casciano dei Bagni, for the neighborhood classic and the extraordinary cooking, for the Tuscan sky and the pleasant church bells. Love specifically for outdated Barlozzo, the village mago, who escorts the newbies to Tuscany’s seasonal fairs; offers them roasted nation bread drizzled with just-pressed olive oil; invitations them to collect chestnuts, harvest grapes, hunt brownies; and teaches them to caress the straightforward pleasures of every priceless day. It’s Barlozzo who publications them around the minefields of village historical past and into the nice and cozy and fiercely beating middle of affection itself.

A Thousand Days in Tuscany is determined in a single of the main appealing areas on earth–and tucked into its aromatic corners are luscious recipes (including one for the one precise bruschetta) without delay from the author’s inner most assortment.

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Florence: The Biography of a City

By Christopher Hibbert

This publication is as alluring because the urban itself. Hibbert's present is weaving political, social and paintings historical past into an elegantly readable and marvellously energetic entire. The author's publication on Florence may also be instantaneously a heritage and a consultant e-book and should be more advantageous via appropriate pictures and illustrations and line drawings for you to describe all teh constructions and treasures of the town.

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