Central - Adult Nonfiction
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Table of Contents
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The beautiful country. Porta Pia ; Glory and misery ; "The crux of the Italian problem" ; Islands, highlands and plains
A violent past. Leo's legacy ; Goths, Lombards and Byzantines ; A holy forgery ; The communes ; The Venetian exception ; The medieval Mezzogiorno ; The Italian wars and the sack of Rome ; Under foreign yokes
Echoes and reverberations. Two Italies...or three? ; Civismo ; A linguist's playground ; Superiority and sensitivity ; The vincolo esterno ; Of furbi and fessi ; Fragile loyalties ; The prime minister who vanished from history ; Trasformismo
A hall of mirrors. The Minister for Simplification ; A plethora of laws (and law-enforcers) ; Bureaucracy ; Truth and verità ; Mysteries and the "misty port" ; Pirandello
Fantasia. Myths and legends ; A phantom army ; Pinocchio ; Copiatura ; Masks and messages ; Opera ; Padania declares independence ; Dietrologia
Face values. The neo-Fascist's bare arms ; Style and look ; Symbolism ; Talking visually ; Videocracy ; Bella (and brutta) figura
Life as art. Treasuring life ; A thick layer of stardust ; Work and leisure ; La tavola ; The Mediterranean diet ; Slow Food and fast food ; A brief history of pasta ; Foreign food...what foreign food?
Gnocchi on Thursdays. D'Antona and Biagi ; A love of the familiar ; "Acts of God" and acts of man ; One step to the right ; Conservatism, technophobia and gerontocracy ; The "BOT people" ; From catenaccio to gambling fever
Holy orders. A blurred line ; The bloody end of Muslim Italy ; Jews and ghettos ; The Waldensians ; Freemasonry ; Blasphemy ; The Lateran Pacts ; Christian Democracy ; A less Catholic Italy ; Comunione e Liberazione ; Sant'Egidio ; Padre Pio ; The "testicles of His Holiness"
Le Italiane : attitudes change. Great-aunt Corinda ; From Mozzoni to the Manifesto di rivolta femminile ; Gender and language ; Veline ; Desperate housewives ; Ricatto sessuale ; The influence of Berlusconi ; If not now, when? ; Change in (and on) the air ; La Mamma : glorified but unsupported
Lovers and sons. Al cuore non si comanda? ; A sexual revolution (within limits) ; Sensuous she-cats and "Italian stallions" ; Adultery ; Prostitution ; Contraception and the mystery of the (missing) unplanned pregnancies ; Mammismo ; Gender stereotyping ; Homosexuality
Family matters. An honored but changing institution ; Divorce ; The decline of marriage ; The Italian family firm : myths and realities ; The arrival of the badante ; Stay-at-home kids : spoiled or just broke? ; "Amoral familism" ; Menefreghismo
People who don't dance. From behind shades ; Wariness ; The fox and the cat ; To ciao or not to ciao? ; A love of titles ; Mistrust ; Alcohol (and teetotalism) ; Narcotics
Taking sides. Il piacere di stare insieme ; Guelphs and Ghibellines ; From the Genoa Cricket and Athletic Club to Berlusconi's AC Milan ; Professionalism...and professional fouls ; Gianni Brera and the footballing press ; Il Processo del lunedì ; Fan radios ; The ultras ; Referees ; Calciopoli
Restrictive practices. Possessive instincts ; Catholicism and liberalism ; Lottizzazione ; Capitalism without competition ; Protectionism ; Shareholder pacts ; Enrico Cuccia and il salotto buono ; The never-ending tale of the foreign lettori
Of Mafias and Mafiosi. A relatively crime-free nation ; What makes a mafia? ; Cosa Nostra decapitated ; The rise of the Camorra and 'Ndrangheta ; Sciascia's palm tree line : organized crime creeps north ; An absence of trust and the legacy of Unification
Temptation and tangenti. How corrupt is Italy? ; The role of patronage ; A tolerance of graft ; Corruption and corruzione ; Nepotism ; "Everything in Rome comes at a price" ; The culture of the raccomandazione ; The cost of graft ; A "renaissance of corruption"
Pardon and justice. The navel of Italy ; Abusivismo ; Laws and conventions ; Pardon and justice ; The Sofri case ; Slow-moving courts ; The 1989 legal reform ; Garantisti versus giustizaialisti ; The magistratura
Questions of identity. Italy has a birthday party ; Campanilismo and the frailty of separatism ; Concepts of Italia ; Diversity and disunity ; Dialects lose ground ; The north-south divide : perceptions and statistics ; "Italian-ness" ; Immigration ; Racism ; Sinti and Roma.
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