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Doves of War: Four Women of Spain

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Much has been written about the Spanish Civil War's effects on Spain and its citizens, but little attention has been paid to the women involved in the conflict. In this beautifully written biographical work, Paul Preston tells the forgotten war stories of four exceptional women whose lives were starkly altered by the war.
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 8th 2003 by Northeastern University Press (first published 2002)
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This book is split into four sections, each about a different woman involved in the Spanish Civil War. It tells their life story, with particular focus on their role during the conflict. Preston does well to choose four characters who you don't usually find in most history books and have often been sidelined by more famous 'sisters'.

First off is the English Aristocrat Pip Scott-Ellis who goes over to Spain in pursuit of an airman related to the Spanish royal family but becomes a nurse on the nat
Writers of fiction are often accused of forcing their characters to jump through ever more fanciful hoops to satisfy a presumed need for engaging plot. The fact that reality often amplifies the unlikely to the near incredible regularly reminds any reader that considered fiction rarely overstates any issue that derives from our usually random human recklessness. Rarely, for instance, when dealing with war, does fiction place women in the front line. And equally uncommon is the recognition that wo ...more
Erika Mercè
Much like the first time I read it Margarita Nelken's story arch was the one that ~effected~ me the most. I found it harder to read the second time around but that might be just because I'm reading three other books!!! Still, one of my absolute favorites about a topic no one really speaks about, even among my family (which is a whole other topic I won't discuss here).
In a somewhat dry manner the author relates the lives of four women that become passionately involved in the Spanish Civil War, each for very different reasons from very different political reasons. In a very interesting read the author manages to gives a thorough account of the diverse fronts of the war without taking sides.
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Paul Preston, author of Franco and Juan Carlos, holds the Príncipe de Asturias Chair of Contemporary Spanish History at the London School of Economics. He lives in London.
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