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The Italians Paperback – 30 May 1991

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140145958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140145953
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The New Yorker"

Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliche concerning it, from the charm of the people (an illusion, he maintains) to the consolations of "la dolce vita" (another one), Mr. Barzini has written an invaluable and astringent guidebook to his country.



"The New Yorker"Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliche concerning it, from the charm of the people (an illusion, he maintains) to the consolations of "la dolce vita" (another one), Mr. Barzini has written an invaluable and astringent guidebook to his country.

"The New Yorker" Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliche concerning it, from the charm of the people (an illusion, he maintains) to the consolations of "la dolce vita" (another one), Mr. Barzini has written an invaluable and astringent guidebook to his country." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Luigi Barzini, was born in Milan, Italy, in 1908. After completing his studies in Italy and at Columbia University, he worked for two New York newspapers. He returned to Italy in 1930 to become a correspondent for "Corriere della Sera." In 1940 he was confined by the Fascists. With the Allied liberation he returned to publishing and founded "Il Globo." Subsequently he served as the chief editor of several newspapers and magazines. His books include "Americans Are Alone in the World" (1958), "From Caesar to the Mafia" (1971), and "Peking to Paris" (1973). He died in 1984. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Barzini was amongst the most talented journalists of 50's/60's Italy. Here he tries to explain the often frustrating enigma that are his countrymen to a foreign audience.
This book is probably best compared to Jeremy Paxman's "The English..", but is far better researched and far more suitable as a foundation for further casual study. Lest this put the reader off, at the same time he writes in an amusing and engaging style.
If the book is at times aged - writing as he does before the social revolution had really hit Italy - at the same time it provides a fascinating glimpse of Italy's past which is vital to understanding it's future.
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Barzini combines scholarship and humor to enhance our understanding of the ethnic/cultural group that has produced some of the world's great writers, thinkers, industrialists, scientists and artists, aka the saints and sinners. His subject matter is matched only by his writing in terms of complexity and style. Barzini is both mirror and artist, he provides images that are both as accurate as one can hope to experience and distorted by his love of his subject. In the end, I was greatly entertained and educated. An immensely enjoyable read.
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Much has been written on Italians, but nobody to the best of my knowledge has ever taken an historical scholar examination of the process combined with a very good sense of humor. I must say that in the book I have fully discovered and learnt all my people's negative and positive sides. This has been done with a lot of "wit" and humor.
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Simply the best biography of a nation and its people ever written. If you already loved Italy and the Italians, you'll appreciate the country and its people even more after reading Barzini's wonderful book.
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I enjoyed the book, The Italians. Eventhough Barzini was a newspaper journalist, it seems he was in the business of writing about the social sciences. While reading this book, it dawned on me that many of Barzini's theories and precepts are nothing more than ideas. Of course, Barzini was Italian and I am sure many of his conclusions are accurate. However, some of this book has to be taken with a "grain of salt". Barzini, educated at Columbia University, has a witty and thorough style of writing. He makes this book very easy to read and enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone looking to understand the makeup of the Italian people. It's important to keep one thing in mind before reading this book, it was not written by a sociologist - but by a journalist.
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But it's been very insightful. The book is written in a very entertaining way and makes references to lots of other famous people and places. I'm not completely new to the Italian way of life but I'm moving there in a couple of weeks and this book it getting me right up to speed - love it!
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