Peter D'Epiro was educated at Queens College in New York (BA and MA) and Yale University (PhD). His third book, What Are the 7 Wonders of the World?, is a handbook of cultural information presented via 101 highly readable essays. His next book, Sprezzatura, is a survey of Italian civilization, from the ancient Romans to the present. His latest work, The Book of Firsts, is a mini-course in Western civilization, from Caesar Augustus to the Internet, in the form of 150 essays focusing on the earliest appearance of various institutions, religious movements, artistic styles, inventions, innovations, and historical nightmares. The three books, comprising more than 1500 pages of adventures in high culture, are a distillation of D'Epiro's "must-know" information culled from a lifetime of study and research. These are the "basics" that you won't find anywhere else at a comparable price.