“The tragic story of the Americans in the Spanish Civil War comes vividly to life. A long-overdue book that explores this long-overlooked conflict.” –Bob Drogin, LA Times
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It was Camus who wrote, “Men of my generation have had Spain in our hearts.” Hochschild’s book on the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 yearns for a time when war had moral clarity, when thousands of Americans, English, and French joined the republican cause in Spain.
This gripping account of the war and the personal lives of dozens of young Americans who risked their lives as soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, translators and laborers paints a picture of idealists eager for adventures, dedicated to defeating fascism. Effortlessly hopscotching from global history to individual and emotional experience, this history travels with journalists like Hemingway’s mistress Martha Gelhorn as she sends urgent letters to Eleanor Roosevelt to lobby her husband to intervene and we accompany George Orwell who witnesses the imprisonment, torture and killings ordered by Stalin’s Spanish henchmen against fellow leftists. For many there was no more tragic or romantic an event in the twentieth century than the Spanish Civil War
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