"[Tremlett] paints a rich, multicolored canvas of one of Europe's most fascinating nations."—Entertainment Weekly
Overall, I would heartily recommend this book to anybody interested in Spanish history, culture, and/or politics.
Tremlett is especially good at teasing out the complexities of the quandary of Spanish identity and the contradictions of Spanish politics.
I would recommend this book to anyone that plans to travel to Spain, especially those that will travel within the country.
It is one of the well written travel books that have a good balance of facts, education and personal essays. Read morePublished 3 months ago by whj
Amazingly insightful story of Spain..past and present. All the reviews are right on, so won't repeat what has already been written with consistent agreement about the insightful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Gebhardt
Great - easy read - for Spain's history they're anxious to close the book on (much as America does/has done on slavery). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sandra L. Larsen
a good book about Spain's past and its traditions. Well written and easy to read....I always recommend the book "Modern Spain" along with this one for a great introduction... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Afzali
I am about to travel to Spain and this book was suggested as an insight into the past and present. It has been an interesting read frustrating annoying but in the end I just had to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. S. Hore
This is on of the most interesting books I have ever read on history. As many have already discovered, Giles has made the deep culture available to the accidental tourist. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gene
What comes to your mind when you think of Spain? Does it remind you of a place where you can spend your holidays? I have never been to Spain. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nona
Intruiging research and narration of a country coming out of denial of it's recent past. It is also an entertaining travel book.Published 14 months ago by MARDI SWORDS