|If there is only one book in your Library about
Italian Americans, (and I
certainly hope not), it should be "Heritage-Italian American Style".
I use it as a Reference Book, It is also very rewarding to sit and
since it a sumptuous smorgasbord of tidbits for the mind.
It would make the IDEAL GIFT !!!! for Teens (and Adults) who value their
heritage, but are not sure why.
With adjacent Italian Translation, it also enriches your Italian Language
It makes possible a wonderful Family Quiz Game.
The book for Italians and those who wish they were!
"HERITAGE Italian-American Style" is now
available in a bilingual format.
This revised second edition has now been expanded from 1492 to 1776
fact-filled questions that highlight the endless contributions made
Italians and Italian-Americans to western civilization. The research
these pages encompasses every aspect of innovative genius achieved
Italian people throughout recorded history in a wide-range of categories.
This highly entertaining compendium is comprehensive, easy to read,
indexed with more than 2,700 entries.
>From Julius Caesar to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, from Galileo to Sinatra
says education can't be fun? This book will give you a greater awareness
a deeper appreciation of the vast contributions made over the last
thousand years by Italians from the Great Roman Empire, through the
Ages and the Renaissance, and right up through today.
>From Chariots to Ferraris - If you have Italian ancestors, you will
pride at your own long heritage of art, science, music, literature,
and food. If you don't you will be searching through your family tree,
to find at least one Italian so you can claim some of the genius that
"HERITAGE Italian-American Style" also contains six major Internet address
directories featuring information on everything Italian from genealogy
travel, organizations to magazines and newspapers. This section is
wonderful information resource for the Italian-American community across
United States and Canada.
This Softcover book contains 477 pages and retails for $19.95.
You are all invited to preview the book at: www.italianheritage.net
Notes by the Author:
Confessions of an Italophile
by Leon J. Radomile
I freely admit, without any reservations, that I
am in love. I love my
wife and my two daughters. I love my family, country and religion.
I love my
home and friends. Finally, I love my Italian heritage and the culture
has spawned so many heroic and gifted figures through three millennia.
in my earliest recollections, I can honestly say there was never a
time I was
not proud of my Italian ancestry.
Many would say that my love and passion for Italian
culture comes from
years of Italian family influences. I wish that were true. At an early
parents and I, an only child, moved from our home and family in Philadelphia
for a new life in the suburbs of San Francisco. The only spoken Italian
heard was when my parents entertained Italian guests in our home. There
no grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or any extended family members
draw from. Even my name did not sound very Italian when pronounced
anglicized form. And yet from my early teens, I always knew who I was
confident in that knowledge. I was always proud of my first generation
That pride did not come from anything I did personally, but rather from
innate feelings of being Italian. Sometimes, as a high school or college
student, I would often sit down and randomly choose a volume of an
encyclopedia and read about Italian historical figures or events. I
describe this urge as a hunger that seemed only to be satisfied with
Italian. Through the years, I collected tidbits of Italian cultural
simply because they fascinated me and because I truly love history-especially
anything connected with Italy. Some would say that I was a trivia buff,
label I really found distasteful when used in conjunction with Italy.
is absolutely nothing trivial about the essence of Italian genius.
Over the years, I always felt offended by those who would dismiss or
trivialize Italian culture. Such ignorance was beyond my comprehension.
1985, I finally realized why, in spite of all the upstanding Italian
descendants in this country, Italians and Italian Americans were so
portrayed in less than flattering terms. The answer lay at the feet
media-from advertising to movies to television, and even cartoons.
revered term of godfather was perverted by author Mario Puzzo to describe
Italian criminal lords. Years later, he would admit that it was something
simply made up.
Living on the west coast has many advantages, but we do suffer from
shortcoming. That shortcoming is brilliantly illustrated in our ethnic
blandness. Perhaps if I had grown-up on the east coast, the realization
Italian cultural bashing would have revealed itself to me much sooner.
when dim-witted radio or television commercials and programming began
the airwaves during the 70's and 80's, I finally began to wake-up.
objected, I was accused of being too thin-skinned, or lacking in a
humor. I am neither thin-skinned nor humorless. But enough was enough.
One day, in 1985, I made a conscious decision to do something about
cultural bashing of Italiana, other that just talking about it. I would
to do something positive to reverse this continual trivialization of
culture-something manifested through an educational approach.
I had observed
how far the African American and Jewish communities had come in educating
American society. Just look at the shelves in bookstores and libraries
proof. Jewish and African-American titles abound, Italian related titles,
the other hand, seem to be relegated to the wine and cookbook sections.
order to gain attention to my cause, I needed to do something that
entertaining as well as informative.
My course of action was set when I came upon an idea for a game. I
to develop a board game I called The Italian Heritage Game, based on
popular model of Trivial Pursuit. Though I sold almost 10,000 board
throughout the country to enthusiastic purchasers, I felt betrayed
by a lack
of overall support from the very people I was trying to help. In 1990,
exhausted my own funds and monies invested from local Italian-American
supporters, I closed the game company I had started to promote and
board game. Someplace in my heart, though, I kept alive the hope that
this game would be resurrected.
Almost ten years would pass until I came up with the idea to turn the
board game into book form. Dear God I thought, if only I had thought
more practical book format back in the 1980's.
In the summer of 1999, from June 1st to August 30th, I was a person
possessed. I was determined to rewrite the entire board game material
book form, adding new and updated material. The result was 228 pages,
containing 1492 facts, in an entertaining question and answer format.
material covered five major categories: Food, Music, Entertainment;
Science, Literature; History, Geography, Business; Sports and Romans.
It was time to learn how to publish and market my new book. Four months
later, in December 1999, the book, entitled "HERITAGE Italian-American
Style", was advertised in Italian-American magazines and newspapers
the country. It took me 18 months of "spare time" promotion, but I
sell 5,000 copies. One of the most rewarding aspects
of this project was
the people who telephoned and wrote to express their pleasure with
Recognition and acceptance are the afterglow that almost compares to
birth of a child. Just to hear from all these wonderful people made
project worthwhile. Equally satisfying was the realization that the
being enjoyed by a wide cross section of people from all educational,
and age brackets.
The first edition sold out. Now what? Should I reprint the existing
a second run or should I somehow try to improve the existing text?
was easy. I decided to improve it. Over the course of those eighteen
of marketing, I had continued to collect interesting information about
rich and seemingly endless contributions of the Italian culture.
I chose to expand the book from its original 1492 facts to 1776. I
that the final question would be devoted to the Italian American signer
the Declaration of Independence. Perfect, I thought, since the number
last question would be 1776. I still felt that there was one important
ingredient missing. I had hoped that the book would be taken up by
and used in bilingual classes. Why not publish this newly revised and
expanded book in a bilingual format? After all, the Italian language-perhaps
the most beautiful language ever uttered on our little planet-is an
important segment of Italian culture. Indeed, the foundation of any
can be found in its language. My mind was made up and I would
satisfied until this daunting translation task was completed. If the
any chance at all to enter the hollowed halls of education, its translation
would have to be first rate.
Lady luck decided to cast a smile my way when I was introduced to Cataldo
Leone, an Italian author/journalist and former managing editor of Italia
magazine who lived in New York. Besides being an expert in the Italian
language, this Italian born author/journalist turned out to be a terrific
individual. We discussed the project and he consented to undertake
word translation, and completed the entire text in late March of 2002.
3rd, I had 5,444 copies of my new bilingual ---sitting on six wooden
in my garage. I had given birth.
There we have it. Now I begin my one-man crusade to publicize and sell
book across the country. But in doing this, I hope to enlist others
benefit from my work. Because of the bilingual format, I feel that
can become an important asset for Italian language programs and for
Italian-American organizations to use as a fundraiser.
The promotion of the Italian language in the United States should become
top priority for all of us who honor and love the language. If we expect
Italian culture to continue to grow and flourish in America, then the
language must continue to be present in our universities and high schools.
If an Italian-American organization or an Italian language class would
to utilize my book as a fundraiser, I will donate $8.00 for every book
to that participating language class. The beauty of this promotion
two-fold. Not only do we promote and earn significant dollars for Italian
language programs, but we are also educating people in an entertaining
about the tremendous contributions made by the Italian people.
Feel free to contact me anytime via email at: email@example.com
by telephone toll-free at: 1-800-715-1492.
I look forward to any comments or suggestions you might have.
Leon J. Radomile