After the Fall provides a superbly documented, diligent account on Spain’s recent travails — and its slow, painful route out of them. Even before the crisis, the post-Franco system was tottering on the edge; post-crisis, it is in free fall. What comes next? Hopefully, Buck’s successor will let us know.
After the Fall is not just about fat-cat bankers who led their country astray, but also about ordinary people who paid dearly for inane economic management. David Pérez left school early to take a job in a window factory, putting little rubber seals in aluminium frames. The work was dreadfully boring, but he earned enough to buy a BMW. Then the crash came and he lost everything. Now he’s just a statistic — one of Spain’s millions of long-term unemployed, a new underclass for whom precarious is a way of life.