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  Anthony (Tony) Bottagaro  
Renaissance man with a spiritual perspective, seasoned executive, acclaimed speaker, and award-winning and best seller author Anthony (Tony) Bottagaro has traveled extensively bringing his challenging message of love, justice, and peace to noted leaders, individuals, and institutions in all segments of our society including the United Nations, the US Congress, the State Department, the Pentagon, the Vatican, and the White House.

For years he has carried the message of creating a world more human and more divine across diverse ideologies in the religious, social, business and political realms. In 1983 Tony was inspired to write a fervent appeal entitled To Create A World More Human and More Divine. He was awarded a prestigious Angel Award for Excellence in Media for the book. He later narrated and produced an award-winning documentary adaptation of To Create a World More Human and More Divine that premiered at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium. In 1987 he personally presented a copy of the book and the film to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

In 1988 he received an Angel Award for his second book, Revolution: A Challenge of Love.

Tony continues to believe that we can change this world of ours into “a world more human and more divine.” His attempts to make a meaningful difference in our world continue with his latest best selling work The Poet, The Count, and The Peddler and with his live performaces of Mario the Peddler .

A father of five and a grandfather, he lives in Colorado with his wife, Cathy.

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The Works

The Poet, The Count, and The Peddler
Anthony Bottagaro’s richly textured narrative paints compelling pictures of Italian immigrants struggling to fulfill the American dream, of the radical ‘60s, of journeys to mythical places full of wonder, of the offices of deceitful and manipulative power brokers, and of courtrooms where life and death hang in the balance.

To Create A World More Human And More Divine sends some very powerful calls to readers to join a worldwide revolution away from a life of self-centeredness toward a life of love in all our human relationships with God and neighbor.

Revolution: a Challenge of Love raises a series of compelling and pointed questions that challenge readers leading them to question the most fundamental aspects of our society.

Mario the Peddler
The 75-minute one-man show written and performed by Tony is based on the main character, Mario Ferrara, from his bestselling book The Poet, The Count, and The Peddler. During his performances Tony breathes life into Mario and takes the audience on a journey of the imagination with his mysterious Sicilian pushcart and fantastic trinkets.

Speaking Engagements and Performances

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