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The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.
Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.
©2006 Antony Beevor (P)2011 Orion
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5 out of 5 stars
By Phillip on 19-12-2014

Beevor's authority on war-history is unsurpassable

This book is for those truly interested in history...not the simplistic tale-telling rendition of history, but the authentic hard-yards of interwoven complexity. The Spanish civil war retold meticulously and so very well by Beevor, reflects the massively complex interactions and interrelationships that characterise human conflicts. This is not a book reporting 'broad sweeps' of occurrences. It is an authoritative record of what happened in detail... who, where, when and why. Beevor adds flesh to the sparse bones of what most of us know about the Franco period. The Battle for Spain is told in connection to post-revolution Russia and many elements of pre-WW2 Europe. Beevor weaves the competing ideologies in foundations which go some way to explain how the participants justified their appalling actions. I recommend this book to anyone interested in what really happened in and to Europe in the 20th century. It is an excellent companion to Beevor's 'Everest' of a book titled 'World War 2'. Bravo Beevor!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Phill Hipwell on 29-01-2018

A Complicated Civil War

The book is stunningly researched and very detailed. It's a complex story. Thus hard going.

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3 out of 5 stars
By steven on 18-03-2012

Great, but just too much

Beevor is without doubt one of the world's best historians. His works on Stalingrad and Berlin have won him international kudos. This is the first of his books to make it on to Audible, despite several requests. The Spanish war comes to life and the inconceivable savagery, incompetence, neglect, slaughter, hatred and indifference which pervaded this tragic period are vividly painted. Sadly, although it is meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed, it fails as an audiobook. There are just too many names, the sequence of events is too convoluted to remember and eventually the listener loses the plot. Great narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
By christian on 21-10-2012

Excellent, complete, not for beginners

Excellent and detailed book about the Spanish Civil War. Great narrator. Beevor goes into detail about the Civil War inside the Civil War, and Stalin's use and abuse of the Republican cause. A great book, very thorough, with historical, geographical, political and military angles well covered; yet it manages to stay at the level of human interaction and to be moving and reflective

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