The New Spaniards

The New Spaniards A fully revised expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain The restoration of democracy in heralded a period of intense change that continues today Spain has b

  • Title: The New Spaniards
  • Author: John Hooper
  • ISBN: 9780141016092
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain.The restoration of democracy in 1977 heralded a period of intense change that continues today Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations exist side by side Focussing on issues which affect ordinary SpaniardsA fully revised, expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain.The restoration of democracy in 1977 heralded a period of intense change that continues today Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations exist side by side Focussing on issues which affect ordinary Spaniards, from housing to gambling, from changing sexual s to rising crime rates John Hooper s fascinating study brings to life the new Spain of the twenty first century.

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    1. If you’re interested in Spain, and it’s a country that certainly deserves your interest, then there are several books I’d recommend. This is the first of several inter-related reviews for the books listed below:1. The New Spaniards by John Hooper, 2nd edition, 2006.2. Ghosts of Spain : Travels through Spain and its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett, 2006.3. The Ornament of the World : How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal, 2002 [...]

    2. Here is just one of the many examples of how rewarding a place can be. While looking for a list of good books on Spain, and being rather disappointed in what I found, I came across a book review by David, which contains—aside from his great review—a list of reading materials on Spain. Immediately convinced, I followed his suggestions; and I’m happy to report no disappointment. Thanks, David!The New Spaniards is an updated and revised edition of The Spaniards, which was originally publishe [...]

    3. I as spaniard am in wholly agreement with the Spain and spaniards image that the author gives in the book.The author knows deeply Spain,its inhabitants and is very well informed about all subjects concerning the country,i think he gives a realistic vission of my country.He makes clear that Spain is a very diverse country with strong differences between the north and the south and also makes clear that to day Spain is a country very very far of the tipical concept that foreigners had of a land of [...]

    4. I have had a love affair with Spain since the early 1960s when I spent a year in Madrid studying both Castilian and the history of the peoples of the Peninsula. From that first year-long stay through 1976, I twice returned to Spain as a graduate student and once, the last, in order to complete a post-doctoral study.Those extended visits took place during the latter years of the Franco dictatorship and the time after Franco’s death and before the 1976 general elections. Since1977, my encounters [...]

    5. a good, comprehensive history of spain from civil war through franco to about 2006. you can find similar chronicles of a general geopolitical nature, with some deep history thrown in and some culture in these here, and all would be a good start for learning about spain pre-21st century Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936 The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain Spain: A Unique History They Shall Not Pass: The British Battalion at Jarama - [...]

    6. I can't imagine someone writing a more thorough and detailed portrait of Spain since the end of Franco. This book was a great read; I learned more about Spain than I could have hoped and it brought to mind many more questions that I hope to pursue in other books. I wish Hooper maintained a blog that would include his reporting and thoughts on Spain since the financial crisis, his many years of reporting and understanding of the country, it's history and culture would be a great contribution. (as [...]

    7. Not as dry as the edition I read in 2005, but will have to re- read again in future, so 4 instead of 3. The little anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter give you hope, but still dry. Mostly impartial, and research is there. Wonder what he thinks of recent events involving the monarchy.

    8. Hooper revisits his 1980 "encyclopedia" of Spain to bring it into the 21st century. The book traces Spanish history through its politics, paying particular attention to the recent (and unlikely) transition from dictatorship to democracy. It also explores the cultural norms and taboos that make Spain both a unique tourist destination and member of the EU. Unfortunately, 10+ years after publication and in light of the Catalan push for independence, the book could use another update.

    9. Mr Hooper knows a great deal about Spain (although everything is slightly dated within a couple of years now) and explains it well but the temptation to tell us absolutely everything he knows was too much for him and in certain parts of the book I found myself suffering from fact indigestion! A very useful book all the same.

    10. "Now that Franco is dead" A great many sentences in John Hooper's The New Spaniards could begin with some variation on that phrase, and indeed quite a few do. At this distance in time from the year 1975, it is easy to forget what a sea change the nation of Spain went through when Generalissimo Francisco Franco died and his 39-year dictatorship ended. The New Spaniards does well to remind us how dramatic those changes have been. Hooper, a veteran journalist who lived and worked in Spain for almos [...]

    11. The New Spaniards is an overall explanation of every aspect of Spanish history, with a focus on current history after Franco. That is a huge topic, and Hooper was fairly thorough, but the dryness of the writing made it hard to get into. Potentially, it also made it hard to retain a whole lot. Reading it felt like a chore, and since it was so broad, I don't feel like I got as much out of it as I might have.

    12. If you are planning on visiting Spain, I would strongly recommend reading this book. It's very engaging and, therefore, a very quick read. It covers all key facets of the modern Spanish state. Politics, religion, cinema, bullfighting, flamenco, the legacy of the Civil War, the regional issues, just to name a few topics.

    13. I went to Barcelona recently and it occurred to me that I knew very little about Spain's history, despite being an actual European fascist dictatorship for a good part of the twentieth century.This is a very good primer on the last fifty years or so, and covers the political, economic and social upheaval perfectly for anyone who is interested in Spain and has never studied it or read about it before. Despite being written by a former journalist, it's written in a pretty serious, almost academic [...]

    14. An interesting reading and a very fluent and pleasant writing. However, I would like to have had more historical information and a little more picturesque data to better characterize the Spanish people.

    15. This review of Spanish politics and economics from the rise of Franco to the twenty-first century goes a long way toward explaining the Catalan crisis of today.

    16. Interesting overview of Spain's evolution. Some parts are much better than others. Also becoming dated. Nothing about 2008-9 financial crisis and its after effects.

    17. Though I didn't finish The New Spaniards before my trip to Spain as I had intended, Hooper's comprehensive overview of the history, culture, economy, politics, and social customs of Spain was illuminating both while I was there and in retrospect. He aims to explore Spain after Franco's regime, looking at how the country embraced democracy, how the various regions gave up or fought for autonomy in the new government, and overall how the people have changed along with their government. Prior to re [...]

    18. Eighth book for 2016.Two words to describe this book: Comprehensive and outdated. The author, a British journalist who lived for decades in Spain, clearly has a deep love and understanding of Spain and its peoples. It is no exaggeration to say that the book is comprehensive. There are chapters devoted to the royal family, to the army, to tax, to flamenco, to the Basques, to machismo etc etc. Some of these chapters are very interesting, and some are just a bit tedious (the last part of the book c [...]

    19. Covering Spain’s most recent history and the breakneck pace at which it has, and continues to change, Hooper’s depth of knowledge and research is immense, yet the book flows along and is never bogged down by facts and figures, and through it you get a clearer picture of a country that must barely recognise itself sometimes.From post Franco politics, the waning influence of the church, the strengths of the family and regional identity, royalty and the army to welfare, education, an absolute l [...]

    20. I chose this book because I thought it would provide an interesting cultural perspective of Spain. As the cover's reviews suggest, Spain is a nation that has changed significantly over the past few decades across many spheres. I certainly came out of reading this book with a greater knowledge of contemporary Spanish society. The book was divided into distinct chapters, allowing the author to cover a vast array of topics. Across the book's six sections, Hooper discusses political developments thr [...]

    21. Tough to find good non-fiction on Spain in English, but this very readable overview of Spanish politics and culture since Franco by a British journalist is worth the time. Unfortunately, the 2nd ed is already 10 years old.

    22. This is a well-written detailed study of Spain and the Spanish and in particular covers the period of change from Franco's dictatorship into the modern Spanish democracy. The idiosyncrasies of Spain are examined in contrast with the rest of the EU and world. What makes Spain and its people tick? The history and culture are examined and I in particular enjoyed the accounts of the Basque region's history. There is a lot of political detail, perhaps a bit too much, but it is all explained and leads [...]

    23. Spain as a new Sweden? The most under-40 temporary workers in Europe, a 22% unemployment rate? That does not sound like the Sweden that Hooper likens Spain to. The social democracy that was planned is being taken apart piece by piece. Don't blame Hooper for that though. The riches that Hooper speaks of in Spain were fake, based on a mortgage bubble and the recently collapsed construction industry. Spain has the second largest private debt ratio in the developed world (next to the USA). There is [...]

    24. This is the book on modern Spain. The unofficial bible to the modern land and the one all newly arrives get a hold of either before arriving or shortly afterwards.It is a breath-taking achievement. The author was supplied a small army of reporters and an office at his old paper El Mundo to assist in the compilation of this magnum opus. It takes quite some beating to offer such an amount of well-researched and relevant information. His section on radio, for example, was a complete education for m [...]

    25. This is an EXCELLENT overview of Spain. It's also formatted so you can skip around a bit if you're more interested in arts than history or family structure than politics (or vice-versa). I read it all (I can't bring myself to not read a book front to back cover), but it was all worthwhile. Not only do I feel much more informed on the basics of Spain's history and transition to democracy but I also loved learning what's behind things I see everyday, like the ONCE stands--which sell lottery ticket [...]

    26. Of the half dozen or so books I've read about Spain this takes the cake as the most well researched and informative. Actually, of the several dozen books I've read about people and places, this takes the cake as the most well researched and informative. This focuses on the post-Franco period and the society that has developed, and really gets into tremendous depth on a tremendous number of issues. The only complaint is that it comes across a bit from the viewpoint of Madrid over those of the Whi [...]

    27. This book was a requirement for a Contemporary Hispanic Culture class that I took over the summer. I decided skip through Chapters 3-7 and 14-20 out of 31, but the rest of the material that I did read was very informative and interesting to learn about. I guess you could say I only read the "good stuff," concerning social challenges and family life. I'm not a huge politics fan, so it was difficult for me to read through the governmental changes that Spain had gone through.Overall, I thought it w [...]

    28. A great overview of the drastic changes in Spanish society in the first three decades after Franco's death. It's definitely interesting, but in some ways it lacks the rigor of a work done by a historian, since it was done by a reporter (especially with regards to the Transición. More importantly, Spanish society has continued changing so rapidly, especially as a result of the Economic Crisis, that a new edition is needed almost every 5 years or so. Or, more likely, Spanish society isn't necessa [...]

    29. "The New Spaniards" is an updated version of John Hooper's previous book by the same name. For me, this book was crucial in putting together the pieces of Spain after Franco, the transition, King Juan Carlos, and the new Constitution. It isn't just a book about politics, however; there is a lot of good information about social change and culture during this time as well. I think it is sometimes difficult to really appreciate recent history as part of a larger whole, which is why prior to reading [...]

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