Of course it is the hope of the author that anyone with roots in South Italy will benefit from reading this book. However, his much greater aspiration is that others will equally enjoy the story of Montenero as a metaphor of their own ancestral village or town, regardless of country or even see the village as a microcosm of the world where the forces of history and culture forge the character of people.
Michaele A. Di Marco, M.A., studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, and received an M.A. degree from Seton Hall University. He founded Via Media Publishing in 1991, publishing a quarterly journal and books. He has published nearly one-hundred articles in a variety of periodicals. In addition to publishing and writing, Mike consulted and appeared in a few national television documentaries about martial arts that were aired on the Discovery Channel, Arts & Entertainment, The History Channel, and The Learning Channel.