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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into the current state of affairs in Spain
This book takes you inside the current Spanish economic crisis in an entertaining & digestible way. Serious pieces of commentary on historic & current events are interspersed with some witty observations about Spanish society & language. Wants you make to visit Marinaleda, the utopia at the centre of the piece, & meet its eccentric & inspiring mayor. Also - it's cheaper...
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by bela_guau

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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short a journey
It's a well written book but it starts with a load of baggage from the author. Spain is a mess of conflicting demands which center on how much can be taken out of society and the economy and neglects what needs to be put in. The Spaniards are lovely people with no interest in economics and no awareness of how the Euro would eventually crucify their economy. Spain is a...
Published on 2 Oct 2012 by el diabolo


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into the current state of affairs in Spain, 28 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Utopia and the Valley of Tears: A journey through the Spanish crisis (Kindle Edition)
This book takes you inside the current Spanish economic crisis in an entertaining & digestible way. Serious pieces of commentary on historic & current events are interspersed with some witty observations about Spanish society & language. Wants you make to visit Marinaleda, the utopia at the centre of the piece, & meet its eccentric & inspiring mayor. Also - it's cheaper than a pint in London and lasts longer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another and better world is indeed possible., 2 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Utopia and the Valley of Tears: A journey through the Spanish crisis (Kindle Edition)
For more than thirty years a small town called Marinaleda in the province of Seville in Spain has been a shining example of true socialism. Led by its local mayor, the charismatic Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, Marinaleda has seen the expropriation of agricultural land for co-operative use, the development of a unique form of truly socialist housing provision completely immune from the Spanish property crisis, the introduction of a working and effective participatory democracy and, perhaps most impressively, the achievement for decades of full employment (this in a region characterised by jobless rates of 40 per cent or more). In this highly welcome e-book Dan Hancox tells the town's story in a lucid, accessible and uplifting manner.

In an era of rampant economic crisis, the radical and successful political path that Marinaleda has followed is a wonderful example of what can be done when people struggle together to pursue truly radical socialist policies. Marinaleda provides a wonderful and refreshing example that another and better world is indeed possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great subject, ok-ish execution, 26 Nov 2012
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The subject itself is great and theres some fascinating quotes and experiences described, but theres quite a bit of irrelevant junk in there too and its quite short
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short a journey, 2 Oct 2012
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It's a well written book but it starts with a load of baggage from the author. Spain is a mess of conflicting demands which center on how much can be taken out of society and the economy and neglects what needs to be put in. The Spaniards are lovely people with no interest in economics and no awareness of how the Euro would eventually crucify their economy. Spain is a lesson that not all change is progress. I hope they make it out their crisis, I really do, but they don't yet understand how much they need to change.
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