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Spain's Cause Was Mine: A Memoir of an American Medic in the Spanish Civil War (Hardback)
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Spain's Cause Was Mine: A Memoir of an American Medic in the Spanish Civil War (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/11/1997
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On a fine April day in 1937, a fellow UCLA student casually approached Hank Rubin about fighting for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. Impulsively - astonishing both himself and the International Brigades recruiter - Rubin promised to forsake his studies, go to Spain, and join the antifascist volunteers. In a narrative voice that inspires both trust and affection, Rubin tells of being alternately delighted and sardonically amused by the cloak-and-dagger routines during the clandestine train ride from Los Angeles to New York. He re-creates the tension of being a member of a secret army in New York, of life as a third-class passenger aboard an ocean liner, and as a soldier at loose ends in Paris. He takes the reader on the perilous night journey over the mountains from France into Spain, describes training routines, and details the conditions of war. And through it all, he sets his compelling personal story against the larger backdrop of history: the Great Depression in the United States, the Spanish Army, the Vatican, the Catholic clergy and Germany and Italy supporting Franco's fascists, the Nonintervention Pact upheld by Britain and France, and Roosevelt's arms embargo against Spain. Rubin's memoir about life in the medical branch of the International Brigades, in fact, is not a book about abstract concepts; it is the story of an idealistic young man who for various and complex reasons decided to risk all to extinguish an inhumane form of government - fascism.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809321599
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
" This engaging memoir gives us a glimpse not only of Rubin' s experience but also of the young men and women who left their homelands to fight for the Spanish Republic. All were not ideologues. Like Rubin, they volunteered for various reasons: they were young men and women seeking adventure, fighting fascism, and searching for the elusive sense of self." -- "Lancet "
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" [Q]uite gripping . . . . [Rubin' s] contribution is moving, angry, and deeply convincing." -- "Kirkus Reviews "

" [Rubin] tells the gripping story of the seventeen months that he served in the International Brigades, sometimes as a soldier, mostly as a medical officer who gave blood transfusions to the wounded and who helped develop the triage system that' s used in hospitals today.
" "Spain' s Cause Was Mine" is about Rubin' s own personal journey-- by bus and boat and train-- from Los Angeles to Barcelona and back to Los Angeles. It' s also about his own rite of passage, his coming of age as a young man-- his initiation in battle and bordello-- growing a mustache, becoming a lieutenant, and making love for the first time.
" For readers who don' t know the complex and often tangled history of the Spanish Civil War, Rubin' s memoir is an excellent place to begin." -- "The "[Santa Rosa] "Press Democrat"

"[Rubin] tells the gripping story of the seventeen months that he served in the International Brigades, sometimes as a soldier, mostly as a medical officer who gave blood transfusions to the wounded and who helped develop the triage system that's used in hospitals today.
""Spain's Cause Was Mine" is about Rubin's own personal journey--by bus and boat and train--from Los Angeles to Barcelona and back to Los Angeles. It's also about his own rite of passage, his coming of age as a young man--his initiation in battle and bordello--growing a mustache, becoming a lieutenant, and making love for the first time.
"For readers who don't know the complex and often tangled history of the Spanish Civil War, Rubin's memoir is an excellent place to begin."--"The "[Santa Rosa] "Press Democrat"

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