Popular Spanish Civil War Books
The Spanish Civil War: Required Reading for a Political Battle Royale
He speaks of his time on the front line, as well as his return to Barcelona and how he found the city so radically changed after just a few months of war. First published in , the book had very little success in its early years but has gone on to become one of the defining books of the Civil War literature. In Ghosts of Spain , Tremlett displays clear journalistic prowess as he explores how the Spanish Civil War continues to have a grip on the country today. Another of the great classics of Spanish Civil War literature, For Whom the Bell Tolls is often considered one of the best war novels of all times. Hemingway went to Spain in as a reporter, and just three years later he got to work on producing his novel: the fictional tale of a young American who joins the International Brigades.
Our round-up of the best new and classic books on the Spanish Civil War, both fiction and non-fiction. The civil war that tore Spain apart between and and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans. No modern conflict has inflamed the passions of both civilians and intellectuals as much as the Spanish Civil War of — Burned into our collective historical consciousness, it not only prefigured the imminent Second World War but also ushered in a new and horrific form of warfare that would come to define the twentieth century. At the same time it echoed the revolutionary aspirations of millions of Europeans and Americans after the painful years of the Great Depression. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of people around the world felt passionately that rapidly advancing fascism must be halted in Spain.
Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
Make Your Own List. It was a bloody conflict that divided Spain and drew in Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. Later, it inspired great works of art and literature. An eminent historian of the period tells us why it continues to fascinate him. Before we talk about your five books, tell us about what first got you interested in the Spanish Civil War.
Thomas has understood [the Spanish Civil War] incredibly well and has written it superbly. A full, vivid and deeply serious treatment of a great subject. Revised and updated with significant new material, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this epic conflict, this "definitive work on the subject" Richard Bernstein, The New York Times has been given a fresh face forty years after its initial publication in In brilliant, moving detail, Thomas analyzes a devastating conflict in which the hopes, dreams, and dogmas of a century exploded onto the battlefield. Like no other account, The Spanish Civil War dramatically reassembles the events that led a European nation, in a continent on the brink of world war, to divide against itself, bringing into play the machinations of Franco and Hitler, the bloodshed of Guernica, and the deeply inspiring heroics of tho. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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