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Added Feb 16 2018
Please note this, "The Italians" is by a different author than the book of the same name we're discussing on August 27th. This is so we can compare the two different authors' views on Italians and Italian culture!
By John Hooper
Random House Penguin
Jan 19, 2016| 336 Pages
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 Hoopers 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 Hoopers 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 fascinatingand often hilariousinsights unavailable in guidebooks,The Italianswill surprise even the most die-hard Italophile.
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