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Terrement Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2016 7:20 a.m. PST


From the acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed

For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon, a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid, a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides, and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil at reduced prices, and on credit.

It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best

Sounds interesting for Interwar gamers


tberry7403 Inactive Member09 Aug 2016 8:02 a.m. PST

Thanks for this.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

I read it a week or so ago. It was very good, I highly recommend it.

Personal logo flooglestreet Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2016 11:30 a.m. PST

A smorgasbord of excellent writers and interesting characters. I found this an easy read. It includes W. H. Auden and John dos Passos. There are no Spanish writers. It is all told from a partisan foriegners viewpoint.

Martin H Wolverton11 Aug 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

I read it during at trip to Florida back in April. It's release was fortuitous in that it coincided with my working on a bunch of SWC figures for Chain Of Command.

As other noted it was an interesting read and quite well written. My only small gripe was that there was not even an attempt at being unbiased in telling the story. You would get page upon page of accounts of atrocities committed by the Nationalists with very little similar mention of similar excesses by the Republicans. To his credit, the author admits his personal bias up front in the introduction. (something that is a rarity) But the one sided nature of the account is pretty jarring.

But all in all, a good book with lots of interesting vignettes.

Chouan Inactive Member18 Jan 2017 2:47 a.m. PST

"You would get page upon page of accounts of atrocities committed by the Nationalists with very little similar mention of similar excesses by the Republicans. "

Look at the difference in scale, and the motivation to understand the difference. Look at what happened in Sevilla as soon as the rebellion began. Where in Republican Spain did similar massacres occur? For a quick introduction link Note that these weren't reprisals, weren't repression of rebels, or repression of potential enemies, but wholesale massacres of those who were regarded as supporting the legitimate democratically elected government.
Even historians whose views are right of centre, such as Anthony Beevor support the view that the Francoists murdered many many more than the Republicans Beevor, Antony. The Battle for Spain; The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. Penguin Books. 2006. London. ISBN 0-14-303765-X.

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