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An American Diplomat in Franco Spain

Michael Aaron Rockland

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ISBN 10: 1601823045 / ISBN 13: 9781601823045
Published by Hansen Publishing Group, 2012
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Title: An American Diplomat in Franco Spain

Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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An American Diplomat in Franco Spain is filled with Michael Aaron Rockland's experiences as a cultural attache at the United States embassy in Madrid, Spain in the 1960s. He captures episodes of historical and cultural significance as he goes about doing his country's business. Some of his stories are quite poignant while others are quite amusing. He shares with his readers how he avoided shaking Francisco Franco's hand, how he spent a day with Martin Luther King in Madrid, how his son was selected to be in the movie Dr. Zhivago, how he came to know several Kennedys, including Senator Edward Kennedy, Pat Lawford Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy, and how the U.S. accidentally dropped four unarmed hydrogen bombs on Spain. Throughout these stories, Rockland explains Spanish culture, past and present, with his experiences involving bull fighting, being a Jew in a very Catholic Spain, his love affair with Spanish food, and what is lost in translation.

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Michael Aaron Rockland is professor of American studies at Rutgers University. His early career, in the United States Diplomatic Service, inspired this memoir. It is his thirteenth book and, in a somewhat different form, was first published in Spanish by the Biblioteca Javier Coy of the University of Valencia Press.
In his writing, Rockland moves back and forth between memoir, fiction, journalism, and history. Five of his books have won prizes or received similar recognition, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and The Washington Post's Fifty Best Books of the Year. A book he co-wrote, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike, was chosen by the New Jersey State Library as one of the Ten Best Books Ever Written on New Jersey or by a New Jerseyan. Two other books received the prize of the New Jersey Studies Alliance.
Rockland has also worked in television and filmmaking and is a regular contributor to several magazines, most regularly New Jersey Monthly. He has won five major teaching awards, including the national teaching award in American Studies.

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