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A good book to get a somewhat dated overview of Spain, but one badly in need of updating spaniafds a hard edit. No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 08, Pages.

At this distance in time from the hoolerit is easy to forget what a sea change the nation of Spain went through when Generalissimo Francisco Franco died and his year dictatorship ended. Anyone who has even the vaguest of interest in Spain should add this to their reading shelves. The author brings together over pages, creating a solid, credible and easy to read review of Tge and modern life.

In a very thorough manner, Hooper chronicles the political change from dictatorship to democracy and its aftermath, focusing on the importance of King Juan Carlos I’s support for democracy and on the development of a multi-party system. Unfortunately, the 2nd ed is already 10 years old.

This is a well-written detailed study of Spain and the Spanish and in particular covers the period of change from Franco’s dictatorship into the modern Spanish democracy. The book starts with a section of the Franco reign, from the years of hunger, the economic boom, the mass migration of Spaniards both abroad and within their hooepr nation, and effects of the reforms made during the dictatorship.

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That posting and another, from toproduced two books on Spain for Penguin, The Spaniards, which won the Allen Lane award for spaniars, and its successor, The New Spaniards. Its first section alone makes it worth reading, though the rest of the book is also very good. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jul 12, John Bonelli rated it really liked it. Any reader who is interested in Spain, its recent history, and its future would do well to read John Hooper’s The New Spaniards.


Hooper’s “the New Spaniards” focuses on how Spanish society has evolved following the introduction of democrary in Spain in the late s. A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain.

May 09, Garnette rated it it was ok. He also explores changing social values in areas like religion, gender, the media, the legal system, and the arts. My only gripe is that my paperback copy has a tiny font!

The New Spaniards

Hooper, a veteran journalist who lived and worked in Spain for almost a decade, originally published his ideas regarding Spain as a book titled The Spaniards in ; this revised and expanded version incorporates events as recent as the terrorist attacks of March nnew Across the book’s six sections, Hooper discusses political developments through and since the dictatorship, the fluctuating role of the Catholic church in Spanish society, and the contemporary issues involving the job market, unemployed youth, and an increasingly ‘gray’ Spain.

John Hooper’s fascinating study brings to life the new Spain of the twenty-first century. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Some of these chapters are very interesting, and some are just a bit tedious the last part of the book c Eighth book for A must read if you are going to rhe A very comprehensive book that gives you an idea of the history of Spain and how that has shaped the current culture of Spain.

Wonder what he thinks of recent events involving the monarchy Hooper revisits his “encyclopedia” of Spain to bring it into the 21st century. A great deal has happened since that election including the world-wide recession that makes sections of the analysis either outdated or th.


This book has the ability to enrich the knowledge spaniard all who are fascinated by Spain and the Spanish people. He was able to share tje lot of information in the book.

The New Spaniards does well to remind us how dramatic those changes have been.

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

A masterful essay Journalism at its best. Though I didn’t finish The New Spaniards before my trip to Spain as I had intended, Hooper’s comprehensive overview of the history, culture, economy, spaniafds, and social customs of Spain was illuminating both while I was there and in retrospect.

Nothing about financial crisis and its after effects.

View all 7 comments. The role of women? So we are left with just lots and lots spabiards chapters covering everything under the sun. Some parts are much better than others.

However, I would like to have had more historical information and a little more picturesque data to better characterize the Spanish people. Aug 31, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: In short, I recommend this book heartily; and I hope that it inspires you as much as it has me to ponder modern Spain.

Two words to describe this book: Part four sheds light on the autonomous regions of Spain, something not well understood by those not living in the country. The main focus is the sometimes difficult and painful transformation of Spain from a dictatorship to a democracy.

Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations For me, one of the final sections on changing traditions was especially fascinating.