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December 30, 2015
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My new book, "Good Italy, Bad Italy", is now out in paperback, in an edition updated to take account of the disastrously messy outcome of Italy's general election in February. It looks at why Italy is now at the centre of Europe's economic whirlwind, and at its prospects of emerging from it stronger. The truth is that Italy, which is the euro-zone's third-largest economy and has the world's third-largest government debts, has been in a political, economic and moral crisis for the past 20 years, as it never really succeeded in achieving agreement over reforms following its earlier collapse, in 1992. And the story of this book begins in 2001 when I was editor-in-chief of The Economist, and when our decision to declare on our cover that Silvio Berlusconi was "unfit to lead Italy" caused a huge political and media storm which formed the beginning of my professional engagement with that country but also of a great personal fascination and affection for it.
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The bittersweet life - FT Review
- Review by John Lloyd
A sympathetic but clear-eyed assessment of what ails and sustains Italy
Early in this lucid and thoughtful book, Bill Emmott cites Dante’s Divine Comedy, with its Hell and Paradise at opposite poles, as a way of understanding the split nature of Italian society: “a very Italian sort of a divide”, he calls it.
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A land of virtues and misdeeds - Evening Standard Review
- Review by Ian Thomson
In the 1980s, Italy surpassed Britain to become the fifth industrial power outside the Far East. Italians spoke proudly of il sorpasso — “the overtaking”. During those Thatcher years, however, Italian politics acquired a showbiz tawdriness.
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