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The New Yorker Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliché 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.
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.See all Product Description
It`s a classic book - and you can hardly add anything to it. Though it`s a little dated, it`s still worth reading.Published on April 23 2002 by DT
First, I would compliment Jim Paris' intelligent review. Mr. Paris leaves me little to add. What Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2000 by Derek Leaberry
Barzini states in the first sentence of his preface that this book is not a scientific study of Italy and the Italians. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by Todd Vance
I'll put my opinion first, so there won't be any doubt in your mind. I don't believe that you can write useful books about national character. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2000 by Bob Newman
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. Read morePublished on March 1 1999 by Darren Rushing (email@example.com)
A book about Italians or about one's prejudices about Italians? In the tradition of Victorian visitors to Italy, whose books say more about the authors' prejudices than about the... Read morePublished on Dec 8 1998
In the tradition of Victorian visitors to Italy, whose books say more about the authors' prejudices than about the topics at hand, Barzini's account tells us about his own, middle... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 1998