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No other people over so long a history have shown a greater knack for survival than the Italians. In this wryly affectionate book, Hofmann reveals his adopted countrymen in all their glorious paradoxes, capturing their national essence as no other book has done since Luigi Barzini's classic, The Italians. The national art of "arrangement"-- dodging taxes, double-dealing, working only as hard as one must-- is counteracted by Italian inventive genius, gusto for life, fierce individuality, deep family bonds (as well as animosities), and a marvelously hedonistic sophistication.

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Paul Hofmann was for many years chief of the New York Times bureau in Rome. A resident of Italy on and off since World War II, he now lives in Rome, writing articles and books. The most recent, Cento Città, a guide to Italy's smaller cities and towns, is now an Owl paperback (Holt, 1990).

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Angela Ross, October 4, 2012 (view all comments by Angela Ross)
If you love Italy and its culture, this book is essential to a better understanding of how and why things work there. Written by Paul Hofmann, who was chief of the New York Times Rome bureau for many years, it reveals details about a wide variety of topics including everything from tax dodging, education, espresso, the mafia, and Mussolini, to history, family and contrasts between North and South. Just as Hofmann did in his guide to 100 smaller Italian cities, Cento Citta', he shows an intimate, affectionate and entertaining knowledge of a multi-layered country.
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Hofmann, Paul
Holt McDougal
New York
Social life and customs
Europe - General
Customs & Traditions
Europe - Italy
National characteristics, italian
Travel, Italy
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1st Owl Book ed.
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Trade Paperback
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no. 62
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8.5 x 5.5 x 0.579 in

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