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American Commander in Spain: Robert Hale Merriman and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
Robert Hale Merriman (1908–38) was an American professor of economics at the University of California. He joined the Republican forces in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and commanded the Abraham Lincoln Battalion of the International Brigades.
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by University of Nevada Press (Reno)
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It is safe to say that few Americans today know much about the Spanish Civil War. It ended seventy-eight years ago. A lifetime. In addition, the United States remained neutral in the conflict preferring an isolationist ‘America First’ foreign policy. Although Franco’s Nationalist rebels were fascists, vigorously supported by Hitler and Mussolini, the lawfully elected Republicans were tinged with a rainbow of labels reflecting its leftist, liberal components including communist, socialist, and an ...more
Hemingway's character, Robert Jordan, from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is based on the person of Robert Hale Merriman, a real college professor who goes to Spain to fight Fascism during the Spanish Civil War. This book, co-written by Merriman's widow, provides a very personal perspective of the war is in part a love story. I was engaged by the presence of the "International Brigades" during this prelude to WWII. Hemingway visited these brigades often and became a personal friend of Mr. Merriman an ...more