Mark Ciabattari is a cultural historian and author. His grandparents left Lucca in Tuscany in the 1890s and settled in a sizable Italian community in Butte, Montana, where he was born. He studied at Stanford (on a football scholarship; he was a high school All-American halfback) and spent a semester at Stanford’s campus in Florence, where he discovered an intellectual tradition for which he has a particular affinity. He got his B.A. in modern European intellectual history at Stanford and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American intellectual and cultural history at New York University. He has taught at NYU, Yeshiva University, Mercy College, and several campuses of the City University of New York. With his wife Jane, also a writer, he lives in Sonoma County, where he is at work on Rizzoli #5, Ends and Odds.