Juan Carlos by Paul Preston
Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy

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The definitive biography of Spain's enigmatic king, a riveting work of late-twentieth-century history.

Paul Preston, the author of the definitive biography Franco, explores the political and personal mysteries of the Spanish monarch's life in Juan Carlos, a story of unprecedented sweep and exquisite detail. Handed over to the Franco regime as a young boy, Juan Carlos was raised according to authoritarian traditions designed to make him a cornerstone of the dictatorship. How then did he later emerge as an emphatic defender of the democracy that began to form after Franco's death? In his peerless voice, Preston provides the details necessary to answer this central question, examining the king's troubled relationship with his father and his vital work in consolidating parliamentary democracy in Spain. What begins as the story of one monarch becomes at once a history of modern Spain and an indispensable exegesis of how democracies come to be.
16 pages of b/w illustrations
 

About Paul Preston

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Paul Preston , author of The Spanish Civil War, Franco and 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.
 
Published June 17, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 624 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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Juan Carlos: A People's King by Paul Preston 614pp, HarperCollins, £25 Paul Preston starts by saying that there are two central mysteries in the life of King Juan Carlos of Spain.

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Publishers Weekly

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Following his definitive biography of the dictator Franco, Preston now turns his attention to the man Franco chose to perpetuate his repressive regime, the grandson of King Alfonso XIII.

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The Sunday Times

Paul Preston’s excellent biography of the kingTo see the full article you need to subscribeConnaught Partners - London - Salary - CompetitiveCBI - Central London - Salary Competitive packageMidland Heart - England - Salary £110k pa packageCBI - Central London - Salary Six figure package2012/62 La...

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