Sicily: An Illustrated History by Joseph Privitera is a small and very readable book. Dr. Privitera does an admirable job of giving a detailed history of Sicily – a daunting task. Sicily has been a part of many cultures and civilizations, with a history that goes back more than 2,000 years.
Sicily: An Illustrated History gives a good overview of the island, including a description of the Sicilian language, and the origins of the Mafia. The book also describes Sicily’s fierce terrain and the impact earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have had on its convoluted and dramatic history. The book starts with the Phoenician and Greek (735 B.C.) settlements and takes you up to present day Sicily.
Dr. Joseph Privitera is the author of a number of books on the Sicilian language as well as several scholarly language studies.
Sicily: An Illustrated History is a good introduction to Sicilian history. My sister enjoyed this book and found the factual presentation of history to her liking. I thought it read too much like a text book, I prefer history to be told as a story. There is a lot of information
in this 142 page book.