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clear account of complex events
on 29 June 2012
This is a fascinating account of the Spanish Civil War, its causes and its aftermath. Well written and easily read, this account, whilst almost 500 pages long is enjoyable and informative and the pages seem to fly by.
At times the events can be confusing and i found myself using the index to look back at the first references to some of the key people to help me keep track of who was who. The almost endless positioning, rivalries and hatreds which made for mini civil wars within the same sides, can make for confusing reading, as can the to and fro of the battles - but much less confusing than for the people at the time who lived through the madness.
This is a superb book which makes the complex events of the civil war relatively easy to follow. Of course at times, like any well written account of warfare and its almost inevitable atrocities, it is quite horrifying, and i found myself grateful for living in an age of relative peace. Long may that continue.