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Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made

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The Spanish Civil War in the 1930s was a precursor to World War II. Fought by the Fascists and the Leftists, it gave Europe a first glimpse of what was to come. This book attempts to put the Spanish Civil War into that context, and try to explain how it helped make the world today. Richard Rhodes explores the conflict through the eyes of those who fought in it, wrote about it, and tried to save people from it. From writers, poets, communists, and more; people from around the world flocked to Spain because they felt there was a primal need, a greater good. We see the conflict from the side of the Republicans mostly, occasionally getting a glimpse of Franco’s side, the people who felt ideals were a higher calling than life itself. In the end, Franco won and brutally crushed the Republicans.

This book just does not get off the ground. It tries to tell a grand, epic, story that just does not quite make it. Bringing in a lot of elements, characters, and events, Richard Rhodes can’t make them all work. So, what we get is a messy story that ends rather abruptly.

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Author:
Richard Rhodes
Star Count:
2/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
320 pages
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date:
2015-Feb-03
ISBN:
9781451696219
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Issue:
May 2015
Category:
History
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ISBN

9781451696219

Star Count

2

Book Author

Richard Rhodes

ASIN

1451696213

Page Count

320 pages

Format

Hard

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Issue

May 2015

Publication Date

2015-Feb-03

“Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made”

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