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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

An American Diplomat in Franco Spain by Michael Aaron Rockland

When Michael Aaron Rockland was offered a job as a diplomat in the 1960's in Franco's Spain his friends implored him not to go.  They couldn't understand how someone with left-wing politics would work in Spain.

Rockland did find Spain like another world compared with the U.S. but he enjoyed his time there.  This book is full of fascinating anecdotes, such as his disappointment that Martin Luther King could be ordinary, his being asked whether he had 'horns' by a drunken Spaniard and his experiences of the making of Dr. Zhivago.

He also shares lots of insights about the differences between Spanish and American culture, although I did find some of this a bit dull.

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