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From the Publisher“A rich history of the language [...] Nadeau and Barlow do an excellent job of transforming it into an accessible and lively narrative.”—The Los Angeles Times
“Part linguistic primer, part cultural history, "The Story of Spanish" zips along crisply.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Nadeau and Barlow once again present a thoroughly researched linguistic history. The authors cover more than 2,000 years in concise chapters with clever headings. Part anthropological study, part travelogue, this volume is an entirely compelling compendium.”—Booklist
“An engaging mix of travel, personal anecdotes and extensive research.”—Shelf-Awareness
“You don't have to know any Spanish to enjoy this charming biography of what is perhaps the world's least appreciated major language. But you will come to understand its rich history and poetic beauty — and why our children and their children will, in ever greater numbers, be dreaming in Spanish."—Donald Morrison former Editor of TIME Magazine's European edition and author of The Death of French Culture.
“I believe The Story of Spanish can contribute to changing common perceptions of Spanish as the language of a struggling minority…. In my opinion, the fact that this book is being written in English is a great advantage…Because it is being written in English, The Story of Spanish has the potential to reach beyond [the Spanish-speaking] market.”—Alejandra de la Paz Minister of Cultural and Educational Affairs Embassy of Mexico in the United States
“The growth of the Latino community in the United States as well as the U.S.’ deepening relationships with Mexico and the rest of Latin America form the backdrop of the growth and evolution of the Spanish language. The Story of Spanish promises to be a very important book for the Spanish-speaking world as well as the United States, and I think it is worthy of attention and support from a wide variety of organizations and individuals.”—Erik Lee, Associate Director North American Center for Transborder Studies Arizona State University