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Juan Carlos : steering Spain from dictatorship to democracy

Author: Paul Preston
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In Juan Carlos, Paul Preston explores the history of twentieth-century Spain through the lens of the royal who would play the key role in Spain's eventual transition to democracy." "Born in 1938, Juan Carlos found himself even as a boy at the center of an epic story, and his life is so deeply entwined with that of Spain's that there is often little distinction between his personal history and his country's. At age  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Juan Carlos, King of Spain; Juan Carlos, Spanien König I.; Juan Carlos, King of Spain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Preston
ISBN: 0393058042 9780393058048
OCLC Number: 54960193
Description: ix, 614 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: In Search of a Lost Crown 1931-1948 --
A Pawn Sacrificed 1949-1955 --
The Tribulations of a Young Soldier 1955-1960 --
A Life Under Surveillance 1960-1966 --
The Winning Post in Sight 1967-1969 --
Under Suspicion 1969-1974 --
Taking Over 1974-1976 --
The Gamble 1976-1977 --
More Responsibility, Less Power: the Crown and golpismo 1977-1980 --
Fighting for Democracy 1980-1981 --
Living in the Long Shadow of Success 1981-2002.
Responsibility: Paul Preston.

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A portrait of the enigmatic monarch describes how he was raised according to authoritarian traditions that would groom him for the dictatorship, his defense of the republic, his troubled relationship  Read more...

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[Preston] is a master of narrative, with an eye for the arresting and sometimes horrific detail. --Nicholas Gordon-Lennox"

 
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