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Spain in Our Hearts Americans in the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939Ho was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid a pair of fiercely partisan rivalrous  New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil at reduced prices and on credit   It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II and we still have much to learn from it Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very bes. Excellent history of the Spanish Civil War which raged from 1936 38 told through the lens of the experiences of multiple Americans who were involved in the war The Lincoln Brigade of brave American volunteers is foremost in the story but the author brings in the stories of the journalists famous Hemingway Gelhorn and unknown as well as George Orwell whose Homage to Catalonia is a wonderful piece of literature about the war My opinion of Hemingway improved after reading this book; Gelhorn said of him it was the only time in his life when Hemingway did not come first in Hemingway's priorities Briefly he cared about Republican Spain than himself As compared to Homage to Catalonia Hochschild has the benefit of 80 years of perspective and he does a better job than Orwell did or could have done so close in time to the event explaining the factions involved the external players from Hitler to Texaco and the American and European politics that were in playWhile I would always recommend Orwell's Homage to Catalonia if nothing else as great literature and a passionate first hand account Spain in Our Hearts gives the broader picture Hochschild reminds me of Lynne Olsen in style and readability which is high praise It is still shocking 80 years on how the Western democracies abandoned legitimately elected governments in Spain Czechoslovakia and Austria to their fates at the hands of Hitler and by the way America was absolutely complicit in that abandonment That democracy human rights and rule of law must always be fought for is the lesson learned and the book puts me in mind of a certain current president who has no regard for democracy and rule of law and of the general lack of outrage his attitude has engendered But I am in danger of running afoul of Godwin's law so I'll stop there

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Cist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa’s photographs But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war a fiery nineteen year old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon a Swarth College senior w. Spain in Our Hearts is a well researched book about American volunteers who fought in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on the side of the Republic during the Spanish Civil War Hochschild relies upon published and unpublished memoirs and the correspondence of soldiers behind the lines spouses journalists and celebrities to shape his book But for me it seemed disjointed jumping too freuently between the many personal narratives It felt as if Hochschild was unsure whether he was writing a history of the war or telling the personal stories of these American sympathizers for the Republican cause Despite his fine prose and compassionate outlook the cliffhanger chapter breaks and heavy foreshadowing seemed contrived especially for anyone who has read anything about the war And ultimately the book lacked much insight into the people he writes about Yes these idealistic Americans believed they were fighting the good fight But weren’t they really just Moscow’s dupes Yes the war was a crucible between fascism and communism between democracy and tyranny and portended the world war soon to come but that is hardly a new revelation Hochschild is unable to explain why these Americans felt compelled to fight for a country they had no ties to Nor does he delve much into the stories of the volunteers on the Nationalist side Yes there were some of those too and I suspect they believed they were fighting the good fight as well Still this is a thought provoking book about the fates of courageous individuals who were willing to risk their lives in a distant war for a political ideal

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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 Download ´ 104 Ò From the acclaimed best selling author Adam Hochschild a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen characters including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell a  tale of idealism heartbreaking sufferFrom the acclaimed best selling author Adam Hochschild a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen characters including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell a  tale of idealism heartbreaking suffering and a noble cause that failed For three crucial years in the 1930s the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fas. This was provocativein that I was angered or annoyed at Texaco which gave Franco all the oil he wanted on credit in contravention of United States Law; and played footsies with Hitler without remorse; and suffered nothing but continued and increased wealth Torkild Rieber Texaco's chairman was unabashed and unrepentant in his friendship with Göring Years after this war and the one to follow Bob Hope Cary Grant Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B DeMille were all happy to meet with Rieber and Franco's daughter and her husband Virtually every journalist covering the war whose agenda trumped truth This revelation within was shocking even to a cynic like me The only exceptions seem to be Virginia Cowles a true hero of this book for me and George Orwell then simply Eric Blair who although not technically a journalist nevertheless was not afraid to write what he really saw and to amend his views when confronted with revealed facts Marion Merriman Bob's wife whose curious but not unexpected 'logic' went like this the United States sucks; the Soviet Union is Utopia; let's not let the show trials and planned famine shake our faith in the great Stalin; hi ho hi ho it's off to Spain we go flaunting the United States' plea not to go; let's kill Nationalists; let's kill Republican soldiers who are not Communists; Bob goes out on a mission doesn't come back; the United States government does nothing to find out what happened to Bob; see the United States sucks The author who has written the brilliant Bury the Chains and the searing King Leopold's Ghost His attempt to make Bob Merriman a larger than life figure failed me He could not relate any act of Merriman without noting his height and striking good looks But as Rieber served Franco and Hitler in spite of what he surely knew Merriman served Stalin with as much purchase on his evil A pox on both of them He notes how Franklin Roosevelt could not have been disingenuous about wanting to help the Spanish Republicans how every impulse of Roosevelt was driven by the next election Yet he swallows whole a throwaway line by FDR years later that he regretted not doing He concedes that Republicans too were carrying out a reign of terror but saves the vivid details for Nationalist crimes Some like branding a Nationalist symbol on the breasts of Republican women are apparently so juicy he has to tell it twiceYet I was provoked in other ways as well thought provoking and less anger inducing Hochschild asks a dialectic of sorts Can you have a revolution and fight a war at the same time And he concedes that Defenders of the Republic were in short fighting for one of the finest of causes beside one of the nastiest of allies He asks in his Prologue whether he would have gone He doesn't answer that doesn't say whether he would have liked to have been Merriman or one of the propagandists Walter Mitty as historianHochschild asks this uestion Are there times when military involvement in a distant conflict is justified In other words should America have joined the fight in Vietnam Nicaragua El Salvador Ira or almost anywhere else He's being rhetorical obvious Yet he suggests that the Spanish Civil War was somehow different All very provocative but not convincing in the least Physically fearless he inspired such loyalty that at least two Lincoln veterans would name their children after him Yet even his private diary reveals no thoughts that deviate from the Party line speaking for instance of the need to openly fight Troskyite and bad elements Just before he went into action for the first time at Jarama he wrote in it Long Live Communism Long Live the Soviet Union And this after living there for two years in the aftermath of the great famine and at the beginning of the Great Purge