"Amore: The Story of Italian American Song" by Mark Rotella

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"AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song"
By Mark RotellaFarrar, Straus & Giroux, 320 pages, $26.00

1947 was a splendid year for Italian Americans. For decades, Italian immigrants, especially those from the poorer southern regions, were feared, discriminated against, even lynched on occasion. Then suddenly the whole country was going nuts for a bunch of boxers whose forebears came from Italy's bootheel: Rocky Graziano, Jake LaMotta, and the only undefeated heavyweight champion ever, Rocky Marciano.

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