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El mito de la cruzada de Franco (The Myth of Franco's Crusade) (Spanish) Paperback – May 2008

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  • Paperback: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Debolsillo; Poc Tra edition (May 2008)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8483465744
  • ISBN-13: 978-8483465745
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MH Lambert on 27 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Bizarrely this book was originally written in English - never reprinted to my knowledge, but for no good reason - but has become legendary as the essential guide to understanding the myths, lies and hypocrites of the Spanish Civil War. Most thematic books written in the 1960s on the Spanish Civil War have become hopelessly dated or wildly out of date. Not only has this book received numerous reprints, it has stood the test of time and acts as a beacon to all those - of the Left and Right - hoping to get to grips with the war. Along with his other superb books - "Antifalange", "Guernica! Guernica!" and "The Brainwashing of Francisco Franco" - "The Myth of the Francoist Crusade" is a gem.

What stands out most for me about the book is the simple, linear way it is written - especially as my Spanish skills are still patchy to say the least. Southworth leads you by the hand, carefully unpicking the evidence frequently repeated arguments are based on and deconstructs the perceptions and basis of them and leaves you appreciating the myriad of personal, political and powerful rivalries generated by the war. This edition is particularly poignant for the inclusion of two appendices, one on the rivalry with Gorkin and Bolloten and the other on the devious Ricardo de la Cierva, and an introduction written by - perhaps the best historian the topic has even seen (but don't let him know I said it!) - Paul Preston.

The main bulk of the book in context is a little dated now, aiming to undermine the legitimacy of Francosim and the myths surrounding the war rather than understand the conflict as a whole and recent historians have done. That said, the arguments contained are more relevant today than before.
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El Mito de La Cruzada de Franco - H R Southworth 14 Mar. 2013
By Luis F. Anterzana - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is particularly of value since the author exposes the cover up and shows Franco's attempt to make people believe something that was not true, that it was all a fake in order to cover up the atrocities committed during the Civil war of Spain. It is particularly well written since the author does provide proof through accessible documentation in order to to backup what he exposes. Of real interest is the role played by the Spanish Catholic Church and the Pope as well, supporting Franco's war activities and in many instances guiding the course of the war.

The participation of the Fascist regimes of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy is also described with ample documentation to show their ilegal involvement. It describes with ample proof how the German Luftuafe bombed civilian targets like Guernica in the Basque country and many other places.

The author shows how the western allies like England, France and the USA played a split face personality in refusing to support the republican effort against Franco, by denying the supply of armament and munitions, while saying that the penetration of Communism in Spain could get worse if they supported the republican effort. Mexico did sell some arms and ammo to the republicans but the Rusians were the ones supplying in quantity never a free package but always paid in gold.

The author Southworth writes an excellent story that puts in the clear what up to then was a lye by Franco. LFA
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