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The New Spaniards

The New Spaniards [Kindle Edition]

John Hooper
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Unputdownable . . . A must for anyone . . . who wants to know what Spain is really like. ("New Statesman", London)Hooper . . . not only knows where Spain has been in recent decades and centuries, but he also has an impressively authoritative view of where exactly it is today and where it is headed. ("The Washington Post")

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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 Spaniards, from housing to gambling, from changing sexual mores to rising crime rates. John Hooper's fascinating study brings to life the new Spain of the twenty-first century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141016094
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Oct 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Hooper has been a foreign correspondent for more than 25 years, reporting mostly from the countries of the Mediterranean. Posted to Spain after the death of its late dictator, General Franco, he covered its eventful transformation from a dictatorship into a democracy and developed a deep fascination for the country and its people. He later returned for a further spell as a correspondent in Madrid. The Spaniards, the forerunner of the New Spaniards, won the Allen Lane Award for a best first work. John Hooper is currently the correspondent in Rome of The Economist and Guardian.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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Hooper has managed to paint, inside five hundred colourless pages of text, a magnificent picture of Spain's vivacity, culture and history. As a student of Spanish, this is one of the best general accounts of Spain that I have read. Not only does it contain detailed information about every possible aspect of Spanish life, culture, history or geography, but Hooper manages to present the material in a logical and intriguing manner. Indeed, apart from being readable from cover to cover - although you may wish to set aside a few weeks for this task - the book can be consulted via an index as a type of "Encyclopedia of Spain." Useful explanatory footnotes are also provided throughout.
I would thoroughly recommend this as a general history of Spain, a general - but detailed - introduction to Spain and her ways, for a hispanophile, or anyone who wishes to discover "the real Spain" in the comfort of their own home.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous review of Spanish life 21 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I read this book before going for a year to Spain. I read it again when I returned and couldn't believe the accuracy of it. While Hooper offers critical analysis of the country, it is nevertheless obvious that this is a place he feels deep affection for. That is what makes it special.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Monty
There is a whole library of books that you should furnish yourself with if moving to, living in or interested in modern Spain, but this is the place to start. Accessible, knowledgeable, readable - it is the one book that I would recommend before any other.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy-on-the-brain history book 7 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Throw in a history book, a nice novel and an eye-witness travel guide and you get Hooper's "The New Spaniards". It is incredibly user-friendly in the sense that Hooper makes the book incredibly accessible. If you are the idle type of Spanish student, for instance, who finds reading for your course a drag, then this is the kind of book for you. By the end of the book you will have found yourself asking: "was I really studying or was that a nice cushy novel I was reading?". You will have soaked up a wealth of information without even noticing it!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how new is "The new Spaniards"? 29 Mar 2006
Yes, definitely the one of the best books on Spain from the post-Franco era. But 11 years have now passed since it was published and Spain is a country which is hurtling forwards at breakneck speed. It has swung politically from left to right to left again leaving a whole "new" generation unaccounted for - the effects of mass immigration, 8 years of Aznar's centralist bullying, its involvement in the invasion of Iraq, the Madrid bombings, the Catalan statute.........It's time for an update.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Rarely does one find a non-fiction book that demands you read the next chapter but this is one.

I've been living in Spain for the last seven years struggling, in my senior years, to learn Spanish. The government finances an elementary programme of language and culture for foreigners. The language lessons progress at the speed of the least able student and the cultural element focuses on festivals.

What's missing from the government courses is all that this small volume contains; history, politics, sociology, scandals and sex.

Without adequate Spanish it's well nigh impossible to understand why Spain is unique and what does and does not motivate its people.

Read together with "Ghosts of Spain" by Giles Tremlett the reader will come to understand modern Spain as only an informed outsider could.

If you live in Spain or intend to, this is a MUST READ.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Spain 10 Oct 2002
Far away from the 'flamenco' culture, the Spanish Inquisition or the obscure years of Franco's era, John Cooper unveils unexpected and colorful aspects of the so-called New Spaniards.
Sociology, the Media or the still heated debate about the Catalans and the Basques are some of the discussion lines the readers can follow.
An attention-grasping, informative and enjoable book that any hispanist or Spain lover cannot miss.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Oct 2002
This book is a joy to read. A mass of perfectly chosen details - facts, anecdotes and observations - about Spain's recent history and how it has shaped the present. A mine of information and yet a light read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars in top 10 books about Spain
A must read book for foreign expats in Spain. Covers history, culture and etc. Explains how Spain became a country like this.
Published 8 months ago by Naghiyev
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
If you are looking for a comprehensive book on recent Spanish history and culture, look no further, this is the one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wilmington
3.0 out of 5 stars Spain chopped into facts and figures
In The New Spaniards you will find that the Spaniards of the title are themselves largely absent. What you get instead is a study of various aspects of Spanish life including the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Choice, particularly for Ex Pats Living in Spain.
This is a first rate book for covering so much of Spain as she is now and how she got there. The speed of change in so many areas is mind blowing but the book explains so much not... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle spindle
I loved the first edition and bought the latest edition for a friend. Now, looking to upload it to my Kindle, it costs more. Why?
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Attraction of Spain...
Each country is unique in its own way; to paraphrase Tolstoy a bit. Of the 200 plus countries in the United Nations, probably only 20 or so have had an identity, and a consequent... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by John P. Jones III
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Spaniards
The New Spaniards contains both the enticing writing of the journalist and the thorough evidence based approach of the academic historian. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Jack Antonio
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Book arrived in A1 conditon and very quickly.
Very detailed and thus not a read for someone just wanting to get an overview of Spanish facts / lifestyle
I would like to... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
This is one of the best insights to Europe's most popular holiday destination. It provides an insight of how Spain has progressed since Franco's death in 1975
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by Ian R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into modern Spain
This is really a book for anyone interested in modern Spain. It is written by someone who lived through the period after Franco and has collected a lot of useful and first hand... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by H. Schulz
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