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A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover?   John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Fifteen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome have sharpened Hooper’s observations, and he looks at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, shedding new light on everything from the Italians’ bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Hooper persuasively demonstrates the impact of geography, history, and tradition on many aspects of Italian life, including football and Freemasonry, sex, food, and opera. Brimming with the kind of fascinating—and often hilarious—insights unavailable in guidebooks, The Italians will surprise even the most die-hard Italophile. From the Hardcover edition.

Penguin Books

Penguin Books

John Hooper

John Hooper

No of Pages
336
Publisher
Penguin Books
ISBN-13
9780143128403
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Book Format
Paperback
Published Date
Jan 19, 2016

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
1. The Beautiful Country 1
2. A Violent Past 12
3. Echoes and Reverberations 23
4. A Hall of Mirrors 40
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About John Hooper

John Hooper is the Italy correspondent of the Economist and the southern Europe editor of the Guardian (London). He has also written for broadcast for the BBC, NBC, and Reuters. His book The Spaniards won the Allen Lane Award and was revised and updated as The New Spaniards in 1995 and 2006.

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