Thursday, November 11, 2004


The Spanish Civil War--Book Recommendations?

I would like to locate a book on the Spanish Civil War that takes a balanced approach, condemning fascism where warranted but without acting as an apology for communism, or, worse, romanticizing the Republicans.


For Whom the Bell Tolls.
^^Which is the book I'm looking for an historical complement to. :)
If you're interested in the Spanish Civil War, you *must* read "The Forging of a Rebel," by Arturo Barea. The author tells of growing up in Spain and joining the Republican side. Although a committed Republican, he does not shy away from describing the atrocities perpetrated by his own side. Beautifully written, and holds attention for every one of its 700 or so pages. Review here:

Also, read Antoine de Saint-Expupery's comments on Spain in "Wind, Sand, and Stars."
The timeless "The Spanish Civil War" by the historian Hugh Thomas or even better George Orwells "Farewell to Catalonia"? Not sure of the spelling. I'm from Sweden so, please, bear with me. Orwell was a romantic idealist who fought as a volunteer aginst Francos falangists. He shows the complexities of the conflict. He once described the thirties as the decade when: "never before in the history of mankind has so many been willing to die for an -ism".
Looks like I have some reading to do. Too bad this university has such a crappy library. Oh, well. That's what is for.

Thanks for the suggestions. I've been having a Hemingway month.
The recent Antony Beevor history is quite good also (as were his books on the siege of Stalingrad and the fall of Berlin).
Ronald Radosh and others published

Ronald Radosh
Mary R. Habeck
Grigory Sevostianov

June 2001
592 p. , 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Cloth 0-300-08981-3 $45.00

Publisher's review link:

It's a compilation of newly translated documents from Soviet archives
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