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"Durruti was the ultimate working-class hero: carrying the future in his heart and a gun in each pocket. Abel Paz's magnificent biography resurrects the very soul of Spanish anarchism.”—Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

AK Press has commissioned an elegant, new and unabridged translation of the definitive biography of Spanish revolutionary and military strategist,
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Paperback, 800 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by AK Press (first published 1976)
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Pedro Kapila
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book on the AK Press holiday sale (A U$30 value for U$5) and what a good idea it was! Well written, with surprisingly few typos and in-depth chronicling of durruti's life before and during the revolution. It really gives tri-dimentionality to durruti beyond a couple of catch-phrases and the "fearsome warrior" persona. As an icon, Durruti kicks Che's ass with hand tied and blinfolded, for his humanism, loyalty and deep comradeship and trust for his comrades, his fellow militiamen ...more
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Sep 27, 2007 added it
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This is an especially sympathetic biography on Buenaventura Durruti. Overall, it is an excellent view of the the build up to the social revolution in Spain up to 19 July 1936 and following up to Durruti's fatal gunshot wound on 19 November 1936 as well as the various intriguing and inconsistent information about how he died after he died 20 November 1936. What makes this particular book exceptional is due to the fact that Paz was a partisan in the Libertarian Youth during the Spanish Revolution. ...more
Tyler Anderson
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Definitely told from an admiring point of view, but I still felt that this biography of Durruti was extensively researched and highly informative. The Spanish Civil War and the years running up to it are extremely complex and confusing periods, knee deep in competing faction and ideologies. Paz's book unwinds a lot of threads and allows the reader to get a grip on major players and events, in a way that many other books don't manage to do, often tending to lump anyone and everyone into simply ...more
Lucas
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anarchism, favorites
The best analysis and explanation of the Spanish Revolution up until Durruti's death that I have read. Abel Paz not only explains Durruti's role in the war but his life prior to it and excellently paints a picture of the atmosphere that lead to the outbreak of the Civil war. The book is as much about the anarchist movement and the CNT as it is about Durruti and brings us in depth on not only an incredible mans life but also clarifies the politics of the day.
D
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, spain
Страхотна книга, която хвърля много яснота върху гражданската война в Испания и реалните, приложими и приложени на практика анархистични идеи.
Craig Plunkito
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With anarchist/libertarian communist intellectual circles today more ready and willing than ever to collaborate with socialist parties such as Podemos, Syriza et al, the best parts of this book were the chapters on the class terror of the highly romanticised Second Republic. This book very nonchalantly makes this sort of historical revisionism completely untenable.

It's a kind of living miracle that this books exists at all, given the difficulty of finding out the things that needed to be found
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Chuck
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I translated this book.
Anthony
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I blew through the first section of this book and found the middle half a tad bit laborious (although this is a perhaps a testament to Paz's superb historial analysis and research). The final sections surrounding the controversies of Durruti's death are especially of interest to students of history. Paz considers 4 different outcomes and possibilities and pieces them together with memoirs, interviews, documents etc.

Paz, himself an anarchist who fought against Franco well after the Spanish Civil
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Kit Condill
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dude, this book rocks. If you want to shake yourself out of your middle-America bourgeois complacency, try this on for size.
Trey
Mar 06, 2013 is currently reading it
This book is remarkably difficult to follow. So much stuff is piled together that the writing feels kind of rushed. I'm lost a lot. Some of it might be a translation issue (the book was written in Spanish), but take names for example. Characters are referred to by either their given names or their surnames - but which name is used will change several times and with no rhyme or reason. I guess the writing sort of expects the audience to be more or less familiar with the events and important ...more
C.M. Crockford
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Took me literally years to read off and on, but absolutely worth a read for amateur historians. Durruti is a fascinating, brilliant character - lots of righteous potshots taken at Communists and Republicans as well, the bougie bastards. Happy International Workers Day, how fitting.
Trey
Mar 11, 2011 is currently reading it
This book is remarkably difficult to follow. So much stuff is piled together that the writing feels kind of rushed. I'm lost a lot. Some of it might be a translation issue (the book was written in Spanish), but take names for example. Characters are referred to by either their given names or their surnames - but which name is used will change several times and with no rhyme or reason. I guess the writing sort of expects the audience to be more or less familiar with the events and important ...more
Kiril
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this book a higher rating, because after reading it I'm still very much fascinated by anarchism, and very much fascinated by Buenaventura Durruti. My difficulty is in the style of the book, which goes into great depths about Spanish events or persons. The depth was too much for me, and even though I was impressed by the level of factual knowledge, I felt this book is not for me. It was more directed at advanced readers, maybe historians. There are large sections of the book as ...more
Hunter
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
You have to want to read this book. Or maybe want to finish it. It's long and super detailed, and because it's about such a complicated and contentious time period the amount of information can be overwhelming. But the life of Durruti was pretty amazing, and it's all in here.
Meg
Nov 16, 2008 marked it as half-read-or-hibernating
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I set it down, and I sort of doubt I'll ever pick it back up.
Arawak Amargi
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Des individus comme Durruti il y en a très peu par siècle, ce mec est une légende...
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Abel Paz was a Spanish anarchist, former combatant and historian.

Abel Paz was the pen name of Diego Camacho. He was born in Almería in 1921, and moved with his family to Barcelona in 1929. In 1935 he started work in the textile industry and joined the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT).

During the Spanish Civil War and Spanish revolution he fought in the Barcelona May Events of 1937.

After
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