Simon Martin will present his new book 'Sport Italia. The Italian Love Affair with Sport' (IB Tauris, 2011)at the British Scool at Rome, 16 November 2011, 6pm.
There will also be interventions from Professor Richard Holt (De Montfort University, UK) and Angela Teja Universita Foro Italico, Roma)
Sport Italia traces the highs and lows of Italyís history from its Liberal pioneers to Mussoliniís blackshirted Boys, and an Olympic recovery to the rise of Berlusconia. A marathon journey involving heroic defeats, national triumphs, canonised cyclists and sporting Popes, it unveils the drug dealers, fraudsters, terrorists and politicians that have also tarnished its name. Showing sportís capacity to both unite and deeply divide, Sport Italiaís delve into the heart, soul, workshops and medicine cabinets of the nation reveals just how Italians turned from peasants into sportsmen.
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