The Italians of New York
by Maurizio Molinari
The book offers an overview of various generations of Italians, weaving together numerous stories that highlight different epochs and different backgrounds. The reader will learn more about the experiences of old-time immigrants, as well as the achievements of recent expatriates, directly from their mouth through a series of interviews. This “new wave” consists of managers, bankers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, entertainment celebrities, scientists, and politicians who are operating at top levels in the Big Apple. The book helps the reader to discover a whole new world and to update the cherished, but old-fashioned, image of the Italian immigrant.
(From the Introduction)
“If you want to learn something about Italian creativity, come to New York. Here, you will find the pride of flying the Italian colors at the Fifth Avenue Columbus Day Parade, the American patriotism of those who perished at Ground Zero, the courage of firefighters and marines on the frontline of the war against terrorism, the babel of dialects at the Arthur Avenue market, portrayals of social change in the writings of Gay Talese, stories of successful business ventures on the TV shows of Maria Bartiromo and Charles Gasparino, political passion in the battles of Mario Cuomo and Rudy Giuliani, creative imagination in the works of Gaetano Pesce, Renzo Piano e Matteo Pericoli, and provocation in the attire of Lady Gaga… The Midtown top managers, who arrived in the past twenty years, operate in the XXI century, while on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood the “panelle” are still prepared according to the Sicilian recipes transmitted from one generation to the next.”
Maurizio Molinari is the United States correspondent for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. He is the author of 13 books including, The Jews in Italy: A Problem of Identity (1870-1938), The Left and Jews in Italy (1967-1993), The National Interest, Wall Street in the Third Millenium, No Global?, Italy Seen by the CIA (1948-2004), Obama’s Country, and The Italians of New York.
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