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Taking the Civil War as a starting point, the book dissects aspects of Spain as varied as its touristic expansion, Spain’s transition to democracy, the treatment kids receive compared to the UK, Madrid’s 2004 bombings, flamenco and nationalism. It is in this last part where I think the book fails. Perhaps being a “local” made me feel I was reading things that I had heard a million times before. However, the rest of the book managed to be both entertaining and educative. Of course I was familiar with most of the stuff discussed, but it opened my eyes to some of those things that are often taken for granted or simply ignored. I guess it would be safe to say that Tremlett knows Spanish people better than they know themselves.