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“[Tremlett] paints a rich, multicolored canvas of one of Europe's most fascinating nations.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“This well traveled journalist…knows his subject as he ventures through the past to explain the present personality of a country so varied that even in modern times its complicated medieval legacy is part of everyday life.” ―Washington Times (Ann Geracimos)
“Tremlett has written a smart and highly readable book that mixes incisive political history with sophisticated cultural reporting.” ―Seattle Times (Robin Updike)
“[An] incisive and engaging book….[Tremlett's] sober analysis of how the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004...exposed deep fissures in Spanish society is the best report I've read on the subject….[A]n invaluable book. Indeed, since it appeared in Britain last year, 'Ghosts of Spain' has become something of a bible for those of us extranjeros who have chosen to live in Spain. A country finally facing its past could scarcely hope for a better, or more enamored, chronicler of its present.” ―New York Times Book Review (Sarah Wildman)
“ [An] affectionate, deeply informed tour of the country…. a highly informative, well-written introduction to post-Franco Spain. Mr. Tremlett's taut recounting of the 2004 train bombings in Madrid makes especially timely reading, with the suspects now on trial.” ―New York Times (William Grimes)
“Mr. Tremlett['s]...affectionate yet critical intimacy with the country helps to make this book much more than an ordinary journalistic survey….Extended residency has...allowed Mr. Tremlett to gather off-beat stories distinctly revealing of his adopted land.” ―Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocco)
“[A] provocative and vividly written book that is part history, part political and social commentary, and part love letter….This book should be in all public and academic library collections on Spanish history and culture.” ―Library Journal
“Tremlett…went native almost immediately upon his arrival in Spain twenty years ago. He wants us to see, hear, touch, and taste exactly why….there are pages here on almost every exemplary, cautionary, and symbolic aspect of Old Spain and New.” ―Harpers (John Leonard)
“[A]n evocative, often poignant sojourn through the as-yet uncleared psychic mists of the civil war.” ―Star-Tribune (Michael J. Bonafield)
Giles Tremlett is the Guardian's Madrid correspondent. He has lived in, and written about, Spain for the past twenty years.
After spending 3 weeks in Spain over 2 visits (with a plan to return soon) I have come to love the country and wanted to learn more about it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Douglas Skillins
Great information, well written and engaging, though at times too wordy (needed another round of editing).Published 20 days ago by Walrus
I have learned a lot about the Spain, politically, culturally and emotionally. The Spanish are an interesting and very diverse people; some of whom do not want to be one nation but... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Diana Nordlund
Everyone interested in Spain should read it. Being naive I was surprised in a bad way just how BAD everything was and in some cases still are. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PAEnglish
The book starts off well and I was happy to have found it. I'm interested in the material and Tremlett's voice is sure and affable, if a little too excited. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is one of the well written travel books that have a good balance of facts, education and personal essays. Read morePublished 10 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 11 months ago by Susan Gebhardt