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The Passionate War

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s/t: The Narrative History of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39
Oral reports, records, diaries, histories, autobiographies & letters contribute to a narrative reconstruction of the chronology, politics, military strategies & legacies of the Spanish Civil War.
Hardcover, 606 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Simon & Schuster Books (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Mar 07, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spain fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Mother moved back to Norway after a failed second marriage, becoming involved with, then married to, a Norwegian bank president (in Norway that's a Civil Service position) who had a second home in Spanish Andalusia. Consequently, I had the opportunity to visit Spain a few times before her death, staying near the town of Mijas Costas in sight, on a clear day, of the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. In order to prepare for these trips I read up on Spain and developed an interest in Spanish history ...more
Jorge Aranda
I bought this book in order to learn a topic that is mostly forgotten in European History today. I gave up halfway though the book, being such an awful piece of work. This book is ok for those who want a detailed summary of certain foreigners involvement in the war, such Hemmingway and Orwell but almost nothing on the Spaniards themselves outside a few selected characters like Dolores Ibárruri who interestingly enough wrote an autobiography a few years before this was published. But otherwise th ...more
Very much a product of it's time. As a diary of the conflict as it happened it's quite good but most of the text is centered on the political machinations of each group to an almost microscopic level. As such, some of the emotion is sucked out of the text.
This was an ok read. My first one on the Spanish Civil War. This book dealt more with personal history accounts which is good, but I was looking for an overall history of the war vice personal accounts. Just my preference.
Read half of this (how does the war end again?), I was expecting more literal first-hand accounts than the told-through-personal-vignettes approach here, which wasn't bad but an odd level.
Por favor, no dejen de leer este libro. Es esencial.
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