The Italians

The Italians

Description

Washington Post bestseller
Los Angeles Times bestseller 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.


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Details

Author(s)
John Hooper
Format
Paperback | 336 pages
Dimensions
140 x 213 x 23mm | 272g
Publication date
19 Jan 2016
Publisher
Penguin Books
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
ISBN10
014312840X
ISBN13
9780143128403
Bestsellers rank
200,116