AGI – It’s the appointment more important than Italian politics together with the political elections, but maybe a little more, and you need to prepare for it. The “great game” of the Quirinale, made up of agreements and betrayals, candidates entering popes and leaving cardinals, tricks and failures, begins at 3 p.m. on January 24, but parties, leaders and aspiring presidents are already moving troops and Farmers .
To read the news without being overwhelmed, to have a compass in your hand to guide you through the forest of declarations and comments that will fall in the coming weeks, here is a small bibliography of the Presidents of the Republic. A handful of librthe writings of historians, constitutionalists, politicians, and journalists, recounting the institution, role, and twelve presidents of republican history . Many books have been written in these seventy-five years and the choice therefore fell, with a chronological criterion, on the most recent ones, which have the objective merit of considering all the presidents, from Enrico De Nicola and Luigi Einaudi to Sergio Mattarella, or at least the very last tenants of the colle cannot be ruled out.
The two books that have been the most talked about in recent weeks were written by two journalists, Bruno Vespa and Marco Damilano. Damilano, editor of Espresso, recently published Il Presidente (The Ship of Theseus), which reports on all the elections. The secret negotiations, the betrayals, the scandals, the interventions of external powers on the big voters who vote for him (yesterday the Church and Freemasonry, the USA and the USSR, today the social networks and Europe), even the massacres (Piazza Fontana , the kidnapping and murder of Moro, the elimination of Judge Falcone in Capaci), which paralyzed “the thoroughbred horses” and crowned many outsiders. Vespa, in “Quirinale. Twelve presidents between public and private” (Rai Libri) draws the portraits of the twelve different personalities who had the burden and the honor of holding the highest office in the state, through a historical reconstruction, enriched with anecdotes, of the various presidential elections, backgrounds, statements and warnings.
It will appear on January 7th, “Heads Without a State. The Presidents of the Great Italian Crisis” (Marsilio), written by Marzio Breda. The Quirinalist of the Corriere della Sera, notebook in hand, relates: the chronicle of thirty years of events and intrigues born in the highest institution of the Republic, remembers the episodes and words he lived, on the public stage and in private, following the Presidents from Cossiga to Mattarella. In addition to the news and history, the book also includes a political-constitutional analysis that explains how far the Presidents have gone, ever expanding the famous “accordion” of their powers, juggling and directing political, economic and social aspects transition again unresolved.
“Twelve Presidents” (Il Sole 24 ore) was also written by a journalist, Deputy Director of Sole 24 ore Alberto Orioli. In the book We follow the lives of the twelve presidents, told as a journey through historyLooking at Italy from the Palazzo del Quirinale, we analyze the weight of a power not clearly defined by the Constitution, but no less heavy, having declined in different ways by the twelve different figures who have held that role from 1948 to the present day is.
“Sul Colle più alto” (Solferino) was instead written by Valdo Spini, former President of the Chamber’s Defense Commission and currently President of the Association of Italian Cultural Institutions (AICI), to narrate the election or election of the Presidents who succeeded by De Gasperi (provisional head of state for 15 days after the referendum between monarchy and republic) in Mattarella unpredictable anecdotes and twists. The aim of the book is to understand the delicate balance between Parliament and each major electorate, but also the central role of the President who, even for the next seven years, will be the cornerstone of a country grappling with the PNRR and the Post -Pandemic.
Encyclopedic but easy to read: “The Presidents of the Republic. The Head of State and the Quirinale in the History of Italian Democracy” (Il Mulino), edited by Sabino Cassese, Giuseppe Galasso and Angelo Melloni. The volume consists of two parts: one provides a biographical profile of each president and an analysis of his presidential mandate, the second explains the major historical-political links linked to the function and analysis of the functioning of the presidency, seven years by seven years.
“Which President? The election of the President of the Republic in constitutional crises” by Carla Bassu, Francesco Clementi and Giulio Enea Vigevani (Scientific Editorial) examines the mechanisms for electing heads of state from the point of view of the constitutionalists. The result of a seminar held in October at the University of Sassarithe book analyzes the rules and practices, the election exceptions, the role of the President and his relationship to crises, from governmental to institutional, to examining the limits of an election that could change after the next seven years.
But for information on history, news, details and curiosities The online site of the Quirinale is also very useful, where you will find the history and speeches of the twelve presidents, but also the guided tour of the palace and the presidential estates, the text of the constitution and the explanation of the republican symbols. For the more sociable, Colle’s institutional profiles on Twitter, Youtube and Instagram should also be followed. THAT
Finally, two “easier” texts. The first “Quirinale Games” (Nuova Palomar), written by former parliamentarian and professor of public law, Pino Pisicchio, is a political novel. Behind the names of the facades, the “next” election of the President of the Republic is told, with strategies, aspirations, manoeuvres Fears and needs of four possible candidates and the mysterious disappearance of one of them.
Finally, for the strangest costumes of the palace that was once the Popes and Savoy before becoming the seat of the Presidency of the Republic, there is “All the Presidents’ Courts. 30 years of recipes, stories and anecdotes in the kitchens of the Quirinal Palace”. Lorenza Scalisi and Chiara Cadeddu With many photos and recipes, they told the secrets of the kitchens that serve the President every day but also its guests, from world leaders to prime ministers and ministers.