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The Italians

by John Hooper

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The Italians by John Hooper
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How can a nation that spawned the Renaissance have produced the Mafia? How could people concerned with bella figura (keeping up appearances) have elected Silvio Berlusconi as their leader - not once, but three times? Sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling, Italy is a country of seemingly unsolvable riddles.

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.

Digging deep into their history, culture, and religion, Hooper offers keys to understanding everything from their bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Looking at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, he sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and the reason why Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover.

Even readers who think they know Italy well will be surprised, challenged, and delighted by The Italians.

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"Starred Review. A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people." - Kirkus

"Hooper offers personal experiences and anecdotes from his many years living in Italy, creating a readable and entertaining work. However, owing to the book's large scope, the analysis of each cultural aspect is little more than an overview. As such, it is recommended for casual readers eager to learn more about Italian culture and people." - Library Journal

"This is a fascinating study of the fundamentals and foibles of Italy's people." - Publishers Weekly

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The Italy correspondent of The Economist and southern Europe editor of The Guardian, John Hooper has also written or 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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