The New Spaniards (Penguin politics & political affairs)

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Over 30 million foreigners travel to Spain every year - more than any other country, yet all but a handful see little of the country besides the holiday costas. This book describes the real Spain that has emerged since the death of Franco, a country of immense industrial and cultural creativity, of police trade unions and wife-swapping bars, a federal monarchy with a tax-paying king, a welfare state in which three-quarters of the unemployed do not qualify for assistance. Unlike many books on Spain, this book eschews politics to focus on the society and how it functions. The book won the Allen Lane Award.

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

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John Hooper's experience as a foreign correspondent spans more than 25 years. He has lived in every major capital in western Europe - Paris, Madrid, Rome and Berlin - and speaks fluently all five major languages of western Europe. John Hooper is currently Rome correspondent for The Economist and the Guardian.

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Book Description Penguin Books, 1995. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In recent years Spain has placed itself firmly on the international map, hosting events such as the Middle East Peace Conference, Expo 92 and the Barcelona Olympics. Yet few of the millions who visit Spain see beyond the hotels and resorts of its coastline. The restoration of democracy in 1977 heralded a period of intense change that continues today. Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations exist side by side. Focussing on issues which affect ordinary Spaniards, from housing to gambling, from changing sexual mores to rising crime rates, John Hooper's fascinating study brings to life the new Spain of the 1990s. Including some 100,000 words of additional material, this edition has new chapters on - among other things - Spain under Socialism, women's changing role, bullfighting, the progress of Spain's remarkable experiment with regional home rule and what he calls 'the cult of excess'. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140131914

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