The Italians - John Hooper

The Italians

By John Hooper

  • Release Date: 2015-01-29
  • Genre: Europe
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings


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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • The Italiams

    By TuscanyBill
    Great book; lousy format. I had to put down the ebook version because, although it includes the asterisks which denote footnotes, it does not include the footnotes themselves (as opposed to the numbered endnotes). Each chapter contains a number of footnotes, which for some inexplicable reason were not included in the ebook version. Very distracting, so I bought the hardcover. Also, there are no captions for the many pictures. Skip the ebook, buy the book.
  • Spot on

    By CrazyinKarachi
    I've lived in Italy for four years, and found this page-turner to be accurate and educational. Nice combination of anecdotes and research.