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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 (2016)

av Adam Hochschild

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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 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.… (mer)
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Very well researched and relayed. The Spanish Civil War is probably one of the most truly tragic events I've read much about. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
Stories of the Americans who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War (with occasional reference to the more famous foreign correspondent, Orwell, whose experiences were overlapping). And, also, stories of the Americans who, in safety, supported fascism, especially Texaco, whose free hand with supplies and information gave Franco significant advantages in the war. ( )
  rivkat | Dec 7, 2020 |
I first got interested in George Orwell when I read his "Homage to Catalonia", a book I have returned to many times. I always wondered about the other international volunteers who went to Spain to fight for the Republic. Adam Hochschild's meticulous research has satisfied a good deal of that curiosity. Hochschild sets the stage with a brief summary of events that lead to the revolt soon led by Franco, and adds context with depictions of the interest and aid offered to each side by the Soviet Union, Italy and Germany. He also uses first person narratives to take readers into the trenches and battles, as well as into the hospitals, of the Republican side. After finishing the book, I understood much better the history of the Spanish Civil War and the place it held, maybe still holds, in the hearts of my parents' generation. ( )
  nmele | Sep 4, 2020 |
This is one of those (many) eras of world history about which I knew less than the Wikipedia entry could tell me. To hear of how Spain's civil war fits into European history, at least back deep into the 19th century, and forward to the mid 1990s (and even in the recent global recession) was semi-mind-blowing. On top of all that information, the choices as a historian and narrator than the author chooses--lots of primary source work and choosing to follow closely individual Americans fighting and writing about the war--were all-around excellent. ( )
  nicholasjjordan | Nov 13, 2019 |
This book I found to be mostly okay? It was far more of a War Book (even if it wasn't focused necessarily on individual generals or whatever) than I was expecting (though I'm not sure what I expected,) and sometimes in his attempts towards aping a kind of journalistic Truth, Hochschild's historical imagination is limited (particularly regarding anarchist Catalonia) which is boring, but it wasn't super appalling to me in most respects. (Though there was a VERY weird throwaway line about how there are no working class Jewish people any more? Like don't be casually gross?)

Overall I didn't find this book terrible, but it also like wasn't my favorite book in the world? If you have a white dad who likes war books, he'd probably really like it. It's slightly more thoughtful than your average war book, so it has that going for it. ( )
  aijmiller | Sep 19, 2019 |
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"Hochschild narrates such tales with prose that is consistently vivid yet emotionally restrained. His main contribution is to retell a familiar story with a focus on Americans and an unromantic assessment of why the “good guys” lost, so that he adroitly evokes the commitments of Americans on both sides while eschewing any retrospective cheerleading for the Republic."
 
"Hochschild is an exceptional writer; his narrative is well-paced, delivered in clear prose, and focused on important and colorful details of the historical moment. Volunteers from around the world....saw the Republican cause as a last-ditch effort to stop fascism before it spread across Europe, and Hochschild tells their story beautifully."
 
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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 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.

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