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Nico Perrone
Born (1935-04-27) April 27, 1935 (age 85)
Bari, Italy
OccupationEssayist, historian, journalist

Nico Perrone (born April 27, 1935) is an Italian essayist, historian and journalist.[1] He firstly discovered papers on the plot for killing Enrico Mattei, the Italian state tycoon for oil in the 1950s.[2]

He is the author of twenty books, and some fifty shorter essays published in Italy, Denmark and the USA. He is the author also of a thousand leading articles and other contributions to Italian and Swiss newspapers.


Born Nicola Carlo Perrone in Bari, the only son of Raffaele and Luisa Tortorella. His father was an Arditi volunteer during World War I and then a mass leader. Other relatives had strong national sentiments. In his family heritage a Garibaldi's volunteer and a Jacobin priest executed after he participated in 1799 revolution.

After World War II, due to a crisis of public schools Perrone attended for two years a Jesuit priests school, standing on the laical position of his parents but appreciating that severe and sophisticated method of teaching. Then graduated in Diplomatic History, and held scholarships for the University College Dublin (Ireland) and Sofiyski Universitet (Sofia University, Bulgaria).

Charged to study foreign labour laws for ENI, the Italian state oil holding (1961), in Rome. ENI president, Enrico Mattei, appointed him as an observer with the Italian Ministry for the Public Administration Reform; later he worked with a publisher in Bari. Invited in USA with the International Visitor Leadership Program, he received the honorary citizenship of the State of Nebraska (1986).

Co-editor for the Italian monthlies Storia in Rete (since 2005), and Giano (2003-2007).

Associate Professor of Contemporary History and American History at the University of Bari; he was director for the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History (1988–90, 1991–94), and professor for the European Union European Module in Social and Economic History of European Integration (1994–97).

He was visiting Professor in Denmark (Roskilde University, since 1991 - Copenhagen Business School, 1992, 1993 - University of Copenhagen, 2003), in Switzerland (Roskilde University master at Lugano, 1998, 2000), in Albania (Universiteti Zoja e Këshillit Të Mirë, Tirana, 2008), and in USA (Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1983). He was sometimes host professor at the University of Padua, Italy (1981, 1989).

Perrone has been a founder member, vice president (1995–96), member of the board (1991–98) for the EU European Education Programme on Society-Science & Technology, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (master Society, Science & Technology in Europe). He is still member of the Advisory Board for the Federico Caffè Center at Roskilde University. He has been Bari University Rector's delegate for Denmark (2002-2006). He got Bari University Silver medal (2006).

Starting from 1982, Perrone is a contributor for RAI, the Italian state broadcasting company. He contributes to several newspapers in Italy and Switzerland (since 1971), and has been a contributor for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne, Germany, 2001) and the Italian edition of Monthly Review.



  1. ^ Perrone, Nico (1991). Il dissesto programmato: le partecipazioni statali nel sistema di consenso democristiano. Nuova biblioteca Dedalo ; Serie "Dossier". Australia: National Library of Australia. ISBN 9788822061157. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ marcomichieli81 (2019-11-01). "Politica e media. Parla Nico Perrone". ytali. (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)