The Italians - John Hooper

The Italians is a wonderful adventure through the many puzzles and paradoxes of Italian culture, written by The Economist’s Italian correspondent. The chapters read like little interconnected essays, and they run the gamut from the political force and the shenanigans of Silvio Berlusconi; to the unsolved, mysterious death of Mussolini; to the changing landscape of the Italian family. Hooper’s book is dedicated to the symbols, gestures, and untranslatable phrases that go unnoticed to those visitors, who, perhaps like myself, have only visited Italy for a few weeks at a time. Mr. Hooper, by contrast, digs back into history, long before Italy was recognized as a unified state, to discover how the history of the society bears down upon the present life of its citizens. The Italians received a glowing review in Kirkus Reviews, who said of this work: “What's not to love? A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people.”

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ISBN: 9780143128403
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Published: Penguin Books - January 19th, 2016