"[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.
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 2 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 3 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by MARDI SWORDS
I read this book while touring Spain. I wish that I had read it before beginning the tour, but it found it to be exceptionally well written, very balanced, and wonderfully... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Smith
good book. kind of slow at times but i thought it was interesting to learn about events that apply to contemporary spain today.Published 13 months ago by Emily Zuelzke