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What explains the extreme decentralization of a government which used to be rigidly centralized? If you spend any length of time in Spain, you find yourself asking questions like this.

More Tax but Iohn Red Tape. I was determined to learn something about modern, post-Franco Spain, and this book did that for me, but slowly, painfully.

From that first year-long stay throughI twice returned to Spain as a graduate student and once, the last, in order to complete a post-doctoral study. Jul 12, John Bonelli rated it really liked it.

To ask other readers questions about The New Spaniardsplease sign up. I just wish the book was a bit more entertaining- you know a bit more humour or a bit more personal spainards.

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Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations exist side by side. Learn how your comment data is processed. Quite an achievement, and I will come back to reread and finish this. His book is consequently more searching and impressionistic. A strongly recomended book for everibody with some interest in the to day Spain A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain.


Indeed, it is a bit hard for me to believe that Hooper is a journalist, for this book lacks that characteristic myopia of most journalism, which concentrates exclusively on the present moment. Any reader who is interested in Spain, its recent history, and its future would do well to read John Hooper’s The New Spaniards.

Though, of course, some things change and some remain the same. Reading it felt like a chore, and since it was so broad, I don’t feel like I got as much out of it as I might have. He was able to share a lot of information in the book.

The Basques, the Catalans and the Galicians are all opened up as Hooper shares spaniiards desire for self-governance, with all the information on the remarkably different laws and goals for their regions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I chose this book because I thought it would provide an interesting cultural perspective of Spain. He aims to explore Spain after Franco’s regime, looking at how the country embraced democracy, how the various regions gave up or fought for autonomy in the new government, and overall how the people have changed along with their government. Focussing on issues which affect ordinary Spaniards, from housing to gambling, from changing sexual mores to rising crime rates. The author, a British journalist who lived for decades in Spain, clearly has a deep love and understanding of Spain and its peoples.

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The New Spaniards’ by John Hooper – Caroline Angus Baker

Some parts are much better than others. The Change in Spain. Despite being written by a former journalist, it’s written in a pretty serious, almost academic I went to Barcelona recently and it occurred to me that I knew very little about Spain’s history, despite being an actual European fascist dictatorship for a good part of the twentieth century.


The final spanirds on the arts [Chapters ] are also particularly informative. Aug 31, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: Information laden with facts and figures but always readable and entertaining.

Hooper revisits his “encyclopedia” of Spain to bring it into the 21st century. May 28, Jason Raj rated it really liked it.

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South from Granada by Gerald Brenan, I would definitely recommend the book, if not in its entirety, for people interested in understanding the workings of a modern Spain.

There are chapters devoted to the royal family, to the army, to tax, to flamenco, to the Basques, to machismo etc etc. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Dec 08, Pages Buy. Hooper’s ideas always gave me new ways of looking at the Spanish people and the landscape they call home.

It’s very engaging and, therefore, a very quick read.