The New Spaniards: Second Edition

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A masterly portrait of contemporary Spain-fully revised, expanded, and updated

Modern-day Spain is a country changing at bewildering speed. In less than half a century, a predominantly rural society has been transformed into a mainly urban one. A dictatorship has become a democracy. A once-repressed society is being spoken of as a future 'Sweden of the Mediterranean.' John Hooper's outstanding portrayal of the new Spanish society explores the causes behind these changes, from ...

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Overview

A masterly portrait of contemporary Spain-fully revised, expanded, and updated

Modern-day Spain is a country changing at bewildering speed. In less than half a century, a predominantly rural society has been transformed into a mainly urban one. A dictatorship has become a democracy. A once-repressed society is being spoken of as a future 'Sweden of the Mediterranean.' John Hooper's outstanding portrayal of the new Spanish society explores the causes behind these changes, from crime to education, gambling to changing sexual mores. This new, up-to-date edition is the essential guide to understanding twenty-first-century Spain: a land of paradox, progress, and social change.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
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.
New Statesman (London)
Unputdownable ... A must for anyone ... who wants to know what Spain is really like.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141016092
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 12/8/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 236,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hooper is a journalist whose experience as a foreign correspondent spans more than twenty-five years. He is currently the Rome correspondent for the Economist and the Guardian.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    A fascinating read

    Well researced, well written. Definitely not a tourist guide, but gives a great insight into the new Spain and its people. The writer, a non native of Spain, has lived in Spain long enough to be able to communicate effectively with its peoples and to write of the difficulties experienced by them since the Spanish revolution and the rule of Franco. Highly recommended to anyone with more than just a tourist interest of this great country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Spain 101

    In a direct, accessible and critical way, the author takes his reader to the heart of Spain: Her people. He artfully pierces through the image that most readers may have of that wonderful and complicated country and offers a very clear and honest introduction. The book does not delve into any specific aspect of Spanish culture and civilization. Instead, through a series of chapters, focusing on the 20th Century, it looks at history, politics, economiscs, sociology, the arts, trends and the stern and complicated Spanish character; each chapter standing on its own. A must read for the starter and a must have in any Hispanophile's library. Be careful in lending it as you may never get it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    Unparalleled

    If you are looking for a book about Spain that gets to the heart of Spain, this is it! If you are tired of reading dry history books that neglect the human element, and superficial tourism books about Spain, you will be thrilled with the New Spaniards. I eagerly await John Hooper's sequel! And I would like to know where I can get a copy published in Spanish.

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