A "must-read" for that vanishingly small subset of persons who are interested in the Spanish Civil War (I know you're out there). I first became interested when I read the first edition of Hugh Thomas's history of this conflict back in the Sixties. Seven or eight years ago I read that book again, in the 5th edition, I think, and it all came back. I didn't know that this book even existed until I read Ronald Fraser's obituary a couple of years ago in the New York Times. I immediately did a web search for it; there are hard-cover edition available bu they're quite expensive. One Amazon vendor had a paper-back but it sold while I was thinking about it. But I left the order in my cart and ,lo and behold, a few months later the book showed up again; this time I jumped on it, and I'm glad I did. What a find! The description is a little deceptive: It's not made up entirely of extended 1st person remembrances. There's a lot of history with bits of testimony interspersed. Fraser uses a different font for eye-witness memory, and follows a group of Spaniards throughout the war. He, and some assistants, started interviewing survivors in the early Sixties while most of them were still alive. And what memories they had! You couldn't write this book today. I still get angry thinking about Franco. The fascist who won, killed all his enemies, and lived happily ever after. This book makes a great pair with Thomas's work; throw in Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" and Franz Borkenau's book and one or two others and you're an expert.This is the most heart-felt review I'll ever write for Amazon and almost certainly no-one will read it. But when I think of all those poor people who died, and the years under Franco...Life in Spain in those times must have been a lot like living under Communism. At least we can honor those peoples' memory by reading about them.