A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Modern Spain

Paul Preston (Author)
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Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
6.4 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War, Franco, Juan Carlos, and The Spanish Holocaust, is the world's foremost historian on twentieth-century Spain. A professor at the London School of Economics, he lives in London.


His eye for the winning detail makes his subjects quite human and enlivens the world of political maneuvering into something other than dry history.--Joshua Goode, Washington Post, on Juan Carlos
It is difficult to see this marvelous, brilliantly written and surely authoritative biography ever being matched. It is a book which any historian would be proud to have written.--Ian Kershaw, Times Higher Education (London), on Franco
Preston's work is a powerful intervention in a Spanish discussion. Its significance transcends the events it brings to light, and suggests some basic re-evaluations of recent European history.--Thomas Snyder, The New Republic, on The Spanish Holocaust
A People Betrayed is a magisterial study of [Spain's] turbulent past, seen through the optic of those apparently ineradicable twins: corruption and political incompetence. . . . The history recounted in A People Betrayed is a long one, but it races along in riveting fashion, replete with eye-catching and often blackly humorous anecdotes. . . . Preston's narrative combines his gift for cogent, summarising clarity and for telling detail. . . . Preston has written an admirable book - a lively, comprehensive history of modern Spain, but also, at barely one remove, a compelling essay on contemporary corruption, which is especially worthy of attention today, as we confront an emergency that underlines what states are really for.--Helen Graham