Saturday, June 3, 2017

Five notable books on Spain

In 2011 James Mustich tagged five top books on Spain, including:
The Golden Empire y Hugh Thomas

A chronicle of the founding of Spain’s Latin American empire, this engrossing book finds the nation at its peak of global influence from 1522 to 1566, when Charles V ruled the undisputed powerhouse of Europe and extended its reach to the New World. Highlighted in colorful detail are the sharp ends of Spain’s imperial spears, the men who first ventured across intemperate seas and through sweltering jungles in the name of King and country, including Cortés, Pizarro, and de Soto. Neither condemning nor endorsing colonialism’s assault on indigenous people, Thomas seeks rather to encapsulate a specific time, the dawn of a new Europe.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue