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The Italians (2000)

by John Hooper(Favorite Author)
2.89 of 5 Votes: 4
0525428070 (ISBN13: 9780525428077)
review 1: I always try to write reviews for books I win through Goodreads. When entering the drawing for this one, I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm currently taking an anthropology course, and this was a nice counterpoint: a modern 'pop' ethnography. Some evidence he cites doesn't fully substantiate the claims he goes on to make, but the book is well-organized, comprehensive, and--perhaps most important for the reading experience--the enthusiasm he has for his subject is apparent.
review 2: A Goodreads Giveaway. Thank You! “The Italians” introduces us to the geographical diversity of Italy and its history. And that is where Mr. Hooper lost me. So many facts listed, one after another. It reads almost like a textbook.
... more The theater of the judicial system in Italy held my attention, but not much more. I may just set aside this book for now and try rereading it again at a later date. less
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If you like history, this book is for you. Very interesting about the Italians and their history.
I won this book as part of the Goodreads First-Read program.
This book is a excellent guide to all things Italy.
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