By Hugh Thomas
A dramatic biography of the extreme 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 considered one of Spain’s so much widespread industrialists. during this attractive biography, the 1st on a Spanish entrepreneur in English, Hugh Thomas recounts Barreiros’s origins as an automobile 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 Nineteen Eighties Cuba. Drawing on an unmatched wisdom of Spanish background, Lord Thomas additionally brings to mild Barreiros’s serious function within the modernization of the Spanish financial system within the post–Civil battle years.
The publication bargains 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 executive threw within the course of his capitalist actions. the connection among Barreiros and the Chrysler company can be defined, in addition to the failed stay clear of Dart venture that eventually price Barreiros his company. ultimately, the ebook recounts Don Eduardo’s late-in-life efforts to assist identify a motor in Castro’s Cuba—a paradoxical end for a superb capitalist.
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A ﬁne, light rain falls, almost as if it were soil being sieved . . ”15 In Vigo, like thousands of other emigrants to the New World as well as to the Canaries, the Barreiros family caught their boat to Las Palmas. They left el abuelo to be looked after by his unmarried daughter, Celsa. ” ¡Guagua, guagua! —Town crier in Las Palmas announcing the coming of a bus The beautiful archipelago of the Canary Isles needs little introduction. 1 The average temperature is just over seventy degrees Fahrenheit and scarcely varies throughout the year from day to night.
Instead, he hoped to work full time in Arce’s workshop and learn to be a mechanic. Eduardo senior had observed the bright talent of his son and agreed with him that this was the best way of completing his education. The plan was that Eduardo would work as an apprentice to the mechanic Manolo Cid in Arce’s taller, being paid two pesetas a day—a sum he gave to Luzdivina. He seems, however, to have spent much of his time repairing his family’s buses when necessary (and it was often) under Cid’s guidance.
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. In the district of the “Roman” bridge there were Los Monfortinos, La Perla, and El Lisardo, which last had a projecting balcony. 4 When the Barreiros family came to live in Orense, the skyline of the city, like that of most European cities of the time, was dominated by the towers and spires of its many churches.