The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War (Paperback)Giles Tremlett (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 720
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Tremlett's book marks a heroic episode in the history of the left. At a time when real fascists with real guns are patrolling the streets of American cities, and when far-right violence is on the rise in Spain, the sacrifice of the International Brigaders deserves to be remembered. In doing so, Tremlett reminds us that even just wars are dirty and chaotic, breeding grounds of sadism and injustice, and that the selfless often die first -- Paul Mason * Observer *
This evocative study is the first comprehensive history in English of all the 35,000 international volunteers who fought the combined forces of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in Spain ... Far more than a civil war, it was Europe's war against Fascism. Giles Tremlett encapsulates its huge stakes perfectly ... There's no feeling of a heavy read here, such is Tremlett's deft handling of the material and page-turning prose. The story races along, replete with memorable stories and poignant vignettes ... [A] gripping book ... Through it, the 1930s come hurtling into our twenty-first century present -- Helen Graham * Literary Review *
The bravery and sacrifices of the volunteers from all over the world who fought fascism in Spain keep alive interest in the civil war. Many of the tens of thousands of books about the conflict are about the International Brigades but there has never been one like Giles Tremlett's deeply moving and endlessly informative account. Bursting with memorable quotes and anecdotes, it provides, in lucid and compelling prose, the overall history of the Brigades that has been lacking -- Paul Preston
Magnificent. Narrative history at its vivid and compelling best -- Fergal Keane
More than eighty years after the civil war ended on April 1, 1939, the story of what inspired left-wing sympathisers from all over the world to fight, and what became of them, still fascinates and impassions ... It is an epic tale and Giles Tremlett's The International Brigades nails it with the decisiveness of a political commissar's bullet to the back of a deserter's head. Using widely trawled research, he has created an electrifying narrative that brings to life the idealism, suffering, chaos and paranoia of what a journalist at the time called the "most truly international army the world has seen since the Crusades" ... A powerful portrayal of an episode underpinned by what Nehru, after visiting a British unit, called "so much human courage, so much of what was worthwhile in life" -- Isambard Wilkinson * The Times *
Tremlett deftly interweaves this rich archival material with colourful first-hand accounts from numerous participants ... A highly engaging read, helped considerably by the author's fluid prose style and journalist's eye for a good story ... A well-researched and comprehensive work of scholarship -- Richard Baxell * Spectator *
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