Onésimo Díaz has just published a new book in the Collection of monographs of the Istituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá: “Florentino Pérez Embid. A biography (1918-1974)”.
The author analyses and summarises the most relevant facts about the man who was counselor to Juan de Borbón, deputy of the Courts of Franco, General Director of Information and General Director of Fine Arts. He was also a professor of American History and Rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University, as well as editor of Arbor magazine and promoter of the Rialp publishing house.
The biography traces the life of Florentino Pérez Embid from his childhood in Andalusia, through his formative years and his activity as a promoter and manager of cultural companies, to the beginning of his political career, as General Director of Information and member of the Private Council of Juan de Borbón. The historical significance and life trajectory of this character is analysed within its context, showing how influential he was during his time and how he was influenced by his environment. Special attention is also paid to his connection, since 1943, to Opus Dei, which inspired his Christian way of working and the development of his public action: he was in fact the first member of Opus Dei to hold an official position.
For the writing of the book, the author consulted numerous archives and was granted access to unpublished documentation, which sheds some light on little known parts of his life.
Onésimo Díaz holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of the Basque Country and a PhD in Church History from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He is a researcher at the Josemaría Escriva Center for Studies at the University of Navarre, and the author of a dozen books on Contemporary History.
Madrid, Rialp, 2023
651 pags. 160 x 240 mm