15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Aged but a brilliant and worthy read,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Italians (Paperback)
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.