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Comrades: Tales of a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War

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The Spanish Civil War served as an ideological and physical battleground for visionary Americans wishing to combat the spread of fascism. Harry Fisher was one such idealist who became a solider in the famed Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the American contingent of international volunteers dedicated to defeating Franco's forces. Fisher was one of the earliest American volunteers ...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by University of Nebraska Press
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Dale
May 03, 2009 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fisher was a union organizer in New York in the 1920s and 1930s. He grew up in poverty and saw first-hand the class system in the United States. When Franco and the fascist forces in Spain staged the military coup against the Spanish Republic in 1936, Fisher was among the first to volunteer for the International Brigade. The US government did everything it could to prevent volunteers from going to Spain, maintaining 'neutrality' while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the US corporations tha ...more
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Jun 18, 2013 Anthony Mercando rated it really liked it
Fisher tells his story in amazing detail while keeping it concise. The number of IBs who saw combat and lived to write about it is incredibly small, and with his waiting as long as he did to tell the story, there aren't any omissions due to politics. Still a stark contrast to James Yates' memoirs, which seemed a tad more naive about the war itself.
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