Giovanni Ruscitti’s memoir about his father and his hometown in Central Italy, the author’s parents’ struggles as children during WWII in Italy, their relationship, and their eventual “American Dream” immigration to the US. It is an inspiring love story about people, a town, and a culture, told through a trip the author took with them to their hometown in 2013 that brought his father’s stories and life-long wisdom to life for the family.
“Giovanni Ruscitti has written a wonderful book of special relevance for all North and South Americans whose ancestors have migrated from Asia, Europe, and Africa. His journey to the land of his forefathers is so meaningful not only because of the discovery of what connects us ‘Americanos’ to the rest of the world but also the journey within. A trip in which we all feel recognized. Bravo maestro!”
—Hernando de Soto, finalist for Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, and author of Mystery of Capital
On November 11, 1943, the Nazis invaded Cansano, forcing its two thousand inhabitants to make a tough decision—fight and be killed or sent to a POW camp, stay behind as servants to the Nazis, or move into the unforgiving mountains of Abruzzo while the Nazis used their village as a home base. Giovanni Ruscitti’s family chose the latter and spent the next few months living in horrendous winter conditions in the rugged mountains. When the war ended, they returned to a village so ravaged by the Nazis that, today, the town has less than two hundred citizens and remains in a dilapidated state.