Sergio Romano studied law and worked as a journalist in Milan, Paris, London and Vienna. In 1954, he entered into diplomatic service. He was ambassador in France, with the NATO and in the Soviet Union, and taught history at universities such as Harvard and the University of California. He then became a journalist with Italian newspapers La Stampa, Limes and Corriere della Sera. Romano wrote over 30 historiographical works and books of cultural criticism, such as Tra due Repubbliche. L’anno di Berlusconi e le prospettive dell’Italia (‘Between Two Republics. The Year of Berlusconi and the Perspectives of Italy’, 1994), I confini della storia (‘The Boundaries of History’, 2003), Con gli occhi dell’Islam (‘Through the Eyes of Islam’, 2007) and L’Italia disunita (‘Disunited Italy’, 2011).