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From the moment it began in 1936, the Spanish Civil War became the political question of the age. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of people around the world felt passionately that rapidly advancing fascism must be halted in Spain; if not there, where? More than 35,000 volunteers from dozens of other countries went to help defend the Spanish Republic.
Adam Hochschild, the acclaimed author of King Leopold's Ghost , evokes this tumultuous period mainly through the lives of
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From the moment it began in 1936, the Spanish Civil War became the political question of the age. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of people around the world felt passionately that rapidly advancing fascism must be halted in Spain; if not there, where? More than 35,000 volunteers from dozens of other countries went to help defend the Spanish Republic.

Adam Hochschild, the acclaimed author of King Leopold's Ghost, evokes this tumultuous period mainly through the lives of Americans involved in the war. A few are famous, such as Ernest Hemingway, but others are less familiar. They include a nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman, a fiery leftist who came to wartime Spain on her honeymoon; a young man who ran away from his Pennsylvania college and became the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid; and a swashbuckling Texas oilman who covertly violated US law and sold Generalissimo Francisco Franco most of the fuel for his army. Two New York Times reporters, fierce rivals, covered the war from opposite sides, with opposite sympathies. There are Britons in Hochschild's cast of characters as well: one, a London sculptor, fought with the American battalion; another, who had just gone down from Cambridge, joined Franco's army and found himself fighting against the Americans; and a third is someone whose experience of combat in Spain had a profound effect on his life, George Orwell.


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  • Verlag: Pan Macmillan
  • Seitenzahl: 352
  • Altersempfehlung: ab 18 Jahre
  • Erscheinungstermin: 07.04.2016
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781509810611
  • Artikelnr.: 44865854
Autorenporträt
Adam Hochschild is an award-winning author of seven books, mostly on subjects related to human rights. King Leopold's Ghost was the winner of the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize and Bury the Chains was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Section
i: List of Maps Section
ii: Author's Note Introduction
iii: Prologue: Far from Home Chapter
1: Chasing Moneychangers from the Temple Chapter
2: Promised Land, Black Wings Chapter
3: "Those Who Do Not Think as We Do" Chapter
4: A New Heaven and Earth Chapter
5: "I Will Destroy Madrid" Chapter
6: "Don't Try to Catch Me" Chapter
7: Rifles from the 1860s Chapter
8: Over the Mountains Chapter
9: Civil War at the Times Chapter
10: The Man Who Loved Dictators Chapter
11: Devil's Bargain Chapter
12: "I Don't Think I Would Write about That If I Were You" Chapter
13: "As Good a Method of Getting Married as Any Other" Chapter
14: Texaco Goes to War Chapter
15: "In My Book You'll Be an American" Chapter
16: "A Letter to My Novia" Chapter
17: "Only a Few Grains of Sand Left in the Hourglass" Chapter
18: At the River's Edge Chapter
19: A Change of Heart? Chapter
20: Gambling for Time Chapter
21: The Taste of Tears Chapter
22: Kaddish Acknowledgements
iv: Acknowledgements Section
iv: Notes Section
v: Bibliography Section
vi: Photo Credits Index
vii: Index Acknowledgements
viii: Permissions Acknowledgements