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Stars, stripes, and Italian tricolor : the United States and Italy, 1946-1989 / Leo J. Wollemborg ; foreword by Richard N. Gardner.


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Wollemborg, Leo J.
Publication date:
New York : Praeger, 1990.
  • Book
  • x, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • After the big choices-- from the United States-- between Rome and Washington-- Moro speak up-- the centre-left-- socialist participation-- better late than never-- the centre-left coalition-- socialist reunification-- socialist spit-- communists or colonels?-- PCI leaders-- the US media-- Italy and the oil crunch-- communist victory-- the PCI vs the Christian democrats-- the Italian tradition-- Gardner to Rome-- Eurocommunism-- speaking clearly-- update.
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Publisher's Summary:
This review and analysis of relations between the United States and Italy since the early postwar years uses a combination of sources: reports and analyses published by the author in US and Italian dailies and magazines as events unfolded; his interviews with politicians and other leading figures in the two countries; US and Italian government documents to which he has gained access; and reports and comments by other journalists and students of Italian affairs and Italo-American relations. The result demonstrates that the US media has often conveyed a view of Italian politics that does not correspond with reality, the author argues that the roots of Italian democracy have proved to be less fragile than most observers thought. Wollemborg asserts that most US observers have badly underestimated the resources and resiliency of the Italian economy as well as the Italian people's capacity to stand up to and defeat such threats to their democratic institutions as the surge of terrorism in the mid-1970s. He also shows that at some critical junctures, the US government's approach was badly out of step with Italian developments, most notably in the late 1950s when they opposed the inclusion of Socialists in the ruling coalition. Both the US and Italian media, Wollemborg shows, have contributed to strains in the relationship by portraying the other country unfavourably or by ascribing the wrong motives and beliefs to political parties and actors. Finally, Wollemborg explores present-day relations, demonstrating that co-operation between the United States and Italy is closer now than at any time during the postwar period - reflecting both the weakening of Communist influence in Italy and the rise of the Italo-American community in the United States.
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