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Hell and good company : the Spanish Civil War and the world it made

by Rhodes, Richard, 1937-

Format: Print Book 2015
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Summary
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb --the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause--defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war--and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica , For Whom the Bell Tolls , Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth .

The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II, and for the entire twentieth century.

From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, readers have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now, he takes us into battlefields and bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain changed the world forever.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* When King Alfonso XIII of Spain was forced into exile in 1931, a republic replaced the monarchy as Spain's government, and it steered the country's course toward a more egalitarian society. But civil war broke out when General Francisco Franco led a revolt from the Right, which, after much bloodshed, ended in 1936 with the establishment of a Franco dictatorship lasting until 1975. The issues involved in that struggle were complex and had ramifications felt all over Europe and the U.S. It is these ramifications that the author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb (which was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize) follows with his usual discernment and aplomb. The republic was supported by the Soviet Union and thus was seen as leaning toward communism, while the Franco insurrection was backed by Hitler and Mussolini and thus had the odor of fascism. From the battlefields arose new modern military technology, new medical practices, and intense reactions in the arts. It is through the lives and works of individuals involved in this wasteful conflict that Rhodes so graphically allows contemporary readers to appreciate all the nuances of what transpired in Spain in those dark years. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Rhodes' books are always popular in public libraries, and his latest will prove to be no exception.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Rhodes (who won a Pulitzer Prize for 1986's The Making of the Atomic Bomb) combines numerous memoirs to provide a ground-level view of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The struggle between Republicans and Franco-led Nationalists was brutal: "fully half a million died directly, or from hunger and disease, or immediately afterward in Franco's hundred thousand vindictive executions." Rhodes follows the fighting, showing that the Republicans were doomed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy's intervention on Franco's side, which led to the carpet bombing of Guernica (inspiring Picasso's painting) and elsewhere. Meanwhile, Britain and France kept their distance, and the U.S.S.R. withdrew its support for the Republicans toward the war's end. Rhodes profiles medical volunteers and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, André Malraux, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and New York Times correspondent Herbert Matthews. Aside from some medical innovations, such as new concepts of battlefield triage, Rhodes never specifies how the war changed the world, but he does offer a vivid look at how the desperate struggle appeared to participants. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
Publisher New York :2015
Other Titles Spanish Civil War and the world it made
Language English
Description xviii, 302 pages : maps, illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-286) and index.
ISBN 9781451696219
1451696213
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