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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal if you want to explore Spain from your armchair!
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...
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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 church, the army, the arts, the monarchy or the effect of the Franco regime chopped into facts and figures. There is little attempt to draw any kind of picture of what the Spaniards are actually...
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal if you want to explore Spain from your armchair!, 14 May 2001
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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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous review of Spanish life, 21 Aug 2000
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone moving to or interested in modern Spain, 8 Sep 2010
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Monty (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The New Spaniards (Paperback)
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple straight forward account of modern Spanish history and culture., 9 Dec 2010
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H. Defriend (Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The New Spaniards (Paperback)
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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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
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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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46 of 52 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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16 of 18 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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16 of 18 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant book!, 7 Oct 2004
Read 'The Spaniards' and loved it. Got 'The New Spaniards' when it came out and loved it too. A brilliantly readable insight into the modern history and culture of the most vibrant and exciting country in Europe. Cuts through all the stereotypes to provide an accurate portrait of the modern nation.
Time for the 'Even Newer Spaniards' Mr Hooper please.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reading, 4 Jun 2007
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This book is an excellent review of the current Spanish reality. Some chapters could be seen as very standard in the way the author analyzes the theme but this is because most of the book is a really good and well documented analysis of the country and its people. Yet I miss in this edition the critical apparatus and bibiography, I highly recommend it to anyone that really wants to understand the Spaniards' way of thinking and to get a hint of one of such a big and important country in the European history.
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