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.