This is, of course, the country of Silvio Berlusconi, the tycoon whose controversial election via his stranglehold on the media was (to British eyes at least) something that should not be countenanced in a non-totalitarian country. While always taking on board the glories of Italy, Jones' picture of the country is both fascinating and disturbing: this is a land torn apart by civil wars and endemic corruption, the still influential Cosa Nostra and unbending Catholicism exert considerable sway.
Italy remains utterly unlike any of its European neighbours. Jones sees links between the powerful creativity of the Italian soul and the 'dark heart' that he refers to in his title. What is most remarkable about the book is the fact that no one who loves Italy will be at all disenchanted to encounter the truths that Jones presents to us. If anything, the complex and contradictory nation that emerges will hold an even greater fascination for both the serious student and the casual visitor. --Barry Forshaw
Arrived on time and was as described. I've only read a little bit, but will get around to it soon.Published 4 months ago by Hazel Hardy
What an eye-opener! Anyone with an interest in Italy should read this book.Published 4 months ago by M. Stewart
Brilliant and honest account of Italy as a young journalist mixing with the people and giving an honest account of what the Berlusconi days. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mervyn L.
TOBIAS JONES ITALY IS NOT THE ITALY I HAVE VISITED ON 36 BEAUTIFUL,AWE INSPIRING HOLIDAYS.THE AUTHOR IS A POMPOUS RACIST OF THE UTMOST CLASS AND QUINTESSENTIALLY PREJUDICED... Read morePublished 10 months ago by geoff grainger snr
Although I have followed some of the politics in recent months, this book gets under the skin of Italy, its culture and politics. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I came to The Dark Heart of Italy quite late. Having purchased it in 2012, I was rather disappointed to note on the inside cover that it was published in 2003 (there is a more... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by J. J. Ward
Excellent Read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the life and times of this lovely country. A1.Published on 27 Oct. 2012 by Mick Young
In the past I have visited Italy several times and loved the people and the country so took the decision to learn the language. Read morePublished on 17 July 2012 by N. Warnham