This excellent account of one of the bloodiest and most violent battles in human history presents the general reader, if not the military historian or the specialist in World War II, with a genuine dilemma: If you have read Matthew Parker's "Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II," published nine years ago, do you really want to g...

He was born Giuseppe (Joseph) Palattella, but he would become "DON 1, M.A.F.IA." The Italian-American teen from Queens helped put the borough and the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) subway lines on the 1970s graffiti map. Decades later, a new book hopes to rediscover that legacy.   One of his fans, Louie, "KR.ONE," Gasparro, brings back to...

On Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1PM, Lawrence DiStasi will present an illustrated talk at the San Mateo History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA. DiStasi will speak about his book Una Storia Segreta--the internments, evacuations, exclusions and restrictions on Italian Americans During World War II.   He will specifically address the category...

By Julia Felsenthal   The self-taught photographer Gusmano Cesaretti grew up in Lucca, Italy, but as a child he fell in love with America through movies, jazz and the work of Beat writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He arrived in the United States at age 19 on the day Kennedy was assassinated, and eventually made his way to Califor...

Impressing dinner party guests with homemade, high-quality dishes such as fried calamari, ricotta pie and baked stuffed lobster just got a whole lot easier. That's because Saugus resident Angela Maraia is sharing her collection of 300 mouthwatering recipes in her first-ever cookbook, titled "My Mother and Me." The 329-page book is dedicated to Mar...

By Rosemary Feitelberg True to the wayward characters he writes about in his new book "Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History," Anthony M. DeStefano preferred that a recent interview start with a walk past a few haunts the city's mobsters made notorious.   Readers of his latest nonfiction (Lyons Press) might be tempted to re...

  WTI Magazine #55    2015 March, 6Author : Lucio Luca      Translation by: John Cabot University   Have you ever googled the words "Sicily" and "America"? Hundreds of thousands of results appear but what is immediately evident is that the overwhelming majority refers to Cosa Nostra bosses in the U.S., Italian-American Mafia, the murder of Joe P...

by Silvia Simonetti   In the world's eyes, groundbreaking robotic innovations are usually associated with the high-tech research carried out in leading countries like the U.S. or Japan. Nevertheless, Italy as well boasts a very productive robotics sector, which is one of the best examples of our creativity, programming and manufacturing sk...

Author and scholar Dr. Simone Cinotto will deliver a lecture and sign copies of his new book, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City at Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management on Monday, May 12 at 5pm.   In his talk, Cinotto will discuss how food was at the center of the lives of immi...

Peter C. Sugar's latest book "Impressions of Italy" is the best way to dive into the country's rich culture and stunning landscapes through the eyes of an architect. After obtaining his master's degree in Architecture at MIT, Sugar lived and worked in Italy for eight years, during which he honed his skills in drawing with hundreds of pen and ink k...