Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain by Hugh Thomas

By Hugh Thomas

A dramatic biography of the intense Spanish industrialist and entrepreneur Eduardo Barreiros


Born in an impoverished area of Galicia, possessed of little schooling and not more cash, Eduardo Barreiros (1919–1992) rose to turn into an immensely profitable entrepreneur and one in all Spain’s so much in demand industrialists. during this attractive biography, the 1st on a Spanish entrepreneur in English, Hugh Thomas recounts Barreiros’s origins as an car mechanic, his good fortune within the motor undefined, his tragic alliance with the Chrysler company, and his little-known position as a motor founder in Eighties Cuba. Drawing on an unmatched wisdom of Spanish historical past, Lord Thomas additionally brings to mild Barreiros’s serious function within the modernization of the Spanish economic system within the post–Civil warfare years.


The e-book deals a close portrait of Don Eduardo’s character, personality, and diverse entrepreneurial endeavors, in addition to an entire account of the problems the Franco-era govt threw within the direction of his capitalist actions. the connection among Barreiros and the Chrysler company can also be defined, besides the failed avoid Dart undertaking that finally expense Barreiros his company. ultimately, the publication recounts Don Eduardo’s late-in-life efforts to aid identify a motor in Castro’s Cuba—a paradoxical end for an excellent capitalist.


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For there is something in the light, the air, and the vegetation, even in the glance of the population, that recalls to us that here we have already said good-bye to old Europe, we are on our way to the Americas. Those whom we meet are Europeans, English as well as Spanish,2 but daily life suggests that we are with Columbus and all those other sailors who, for so many generations, touched here on their way to the Indies. The city of Las Palmas, where Manuel Barreiros had established himself before his brother Eduardo joined him, with its 40,000 or so inhabitants, was, like every other city in the world, more concentrated than it is now.

He paid 12,000 pesetas to the civil government in Orense for this permission. People assumed this venture to be foolish since the bus would run alongside the Miño and thus compete along much the 20 Old Galicia same route with the cheap train from Orense to Monforte, which charged a mere thirty céntimos for this journey while Barreiros would charge a peseta. All the same, the concession was, as Eduardo recalled, “una buena inyección moral” (a good moral injection/encouragement). His bus would leave Orense at five in the afternoon to reach Los Peares an hour later.

There were many other cafés—some being cafés cantantes. Do not look down on the old provincial life of towns like these since in many respects, they made for a happier world than what we have now. The oldest café cantante, founded about 1900, was the Méndez Núñez in the Jardinillos. Five more were founded in the zone of the Alameda, one of these being in front of the then seminario; the Moderno, the most frivolous of the cafés cantantes, had been founded in 1905, with large amatory murals by the Corunna painter Apellaniz giving it a certain whiff of Paris.

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