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The Resource Spain in our hearts : Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939, Adam Hochschild

Spain in our hearts : Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939, Adam Hochschild

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Spain in our hearts : Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939
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Spain in our hearts
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Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939
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Adam Hochschild
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eng
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A sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through nine American and British characters including Hemingway and George Orwell. It was a war between fascism, communism, and democracy that preceeded World War II, and a tale of idealism and a noble cause that failed
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  • /* Starred Review */ Acclaimed popular historian Hochschild (To End All Wars ) shares tales of some of the roughly 2,800 Americans who participated in the Spanish Civil War and relates the experiences of the two most notable journalists to cover it, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell. He shows how the war was a brutal, cruel mismatch from the beginning, with Franco’s fascist forces strengthened by 80,000 Italian troops supplied by Mussolini, as well as weapons and airplanes provided by Hitler in exchange for war-related minerals (copper, iron ore, and pyrites). Additionally, Hochschild uncovers the story of how Texaco, headed by an admirer of Hitler, Torkild Rieber, provided Franco with unlimited oil on credit, shipped it for free, and supplied invaluable intelligence on tankers carrying oil to the Republican forces. The Republicans, meanwhile, embargoed by France, Britain, and the U.S., used antiquated weapons, including American Winchester rifles manufactured in the 1860s. 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, including the Americans (a quarter of whom died), correctly saw the Republican cause as a last-ditch effort to stop fascism before it spread across Europe, and Hochschild tells their story beautifully. Maps & illus. Agent: Georges Borchardt, Georges Borchardt Inc. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 18, 2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Books by Hochschild—King Leopold's Ghost and To End All Wars —have twice been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award. Here his subject is the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) viewed through the lens of the U.S. involvement in it. More than 3,000 Americans fought for the Republic; 2,300 came home. Besides reporters, novelists such as Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn were also in Spain at the time. The New York Times had correspondents on both sides, leading to wildly incompatible accounts of what actually was happening. Not all supported the republic faction; Texaco supplied oil to dictator Francisco Franco on credit and leaked information on Republican ship movement to Franco's allies so that Italian submarines could attack them. While other histories have depicted the war and the vicious infighting among Republican factions, Hochschild points out what was glorious in the conflict—more in aspiration than execution. VERDICT The author's focus on the experiences of U.S. compatriots will pique readers' attention. Even those who have read other books on the Spanish Civil War will find much that is new in this fine history. [See Prepub Alert, 9/28/15.]— David Keymer, Modesto, CA --David Keymer (Reviewed January 1, 2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 01, p115)
  • /* Starred Review */ A nuanced look at the messy international allegiances forged during the Spanish Civil War. Accomplished historian and Mother Jones co-founder Hochschild (To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, 2011, etc.) considers every facet of this complicated civil war, using personal narratives of some of the participants, especially the Americans in the Lincoln Brigade, for elucidation and depth. The war was not a clear-cut idealistic struggle between Republican and Fascist, good and bad, although the author delineates well how both sides had hoped it would be. With Francisco Franco's right-wing military coup of July 1936, launched from Spanish Morocco and amply supplied by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, the Nationalists were on a reactionary mission to purge the country of the democratically elected Popular Front government, communists, union members, and anyone left-leaning and anti-Catholic. Hochschild points out that the revolution was very much a social upheaval, in which the class system was abolished, women were emancipated, and workers were allowed to own the farmland that they toiled. On one hand, the socialist euphoria erupting in the Basque and Catalonia regions attracted many left-leaning sympathizers in America and Europe, such as Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell. On the other hand, that very "virus of bolshevism" scared many conservative governments from offering military aid—e.g., England and isolationist-gripped America, where an arms embargo against Spain was declared and niftily skirted by Texaco's chief Torkild Rieber, who supplied the oil for the German planes to bomb the country into submission. In desperation, Republican leaders reached out to the Soviet Union for military aid, further complicating the political mix. The author looks at the poignant stories of young American couples who helped galvanize world opinion while sacrificing their dreams for the bitter, brutal, anti-fascist struggle that proved merely the warm-up for the world war to come. Hochschild ably explores subtle shades of the conflict that contemporary authors and participants did not want to consider.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2015)
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collective biography
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Hochschild, Adam
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946.081/420973
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939
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Spain in our hearts : Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939, Adam Hochschild
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1523144
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780547973180
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2015037244
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780547973180
  • (OCoLC)913924490
Label
Spain in our hearts : Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939, Adam Hochschild
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1523144
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780547973180
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015037244
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780547973180
  • (OCoLC)913924490

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