By Michael Aaron Rockland
An American Diplomat in Franco Spain is stuffed with Michael Aaron Rockland's studies as a cultural attache on the usa embassy in Madrid, Spain within the Sixties. He captures episodes of historic and cultural importance as he is going approximately doing his country's company. a few of his tales are fairly poignant whereas others are fairly a laugh. He stocks together with his readers how he kept away from shaking Francisco Franco's hand, how he spent an afternoon with Martin Luther King in Madrid, how his son was once chosen to be within the motion picture Dr. Zhivago, how he got here to grasp numerous Kennedys, together with Senator Edward Kennedy, Pat Lawford Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy, and the way the U.S. by chance dropped 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs on Spain. all through those tales, Rockland explains Spanish tradition, earlier and current, along with his stories regarding bull scuffling with, being a Jew in a truly Catholic Spain, his love affair with Spanish meals, and what's misplaced in translation.
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