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This review is from: The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (Paperback)
I have read and greatly enjoyed the authors' other works; Stalingrad and Berlin, however whilst no doubt meticulously researched, The Battle for Spain is a detailed and heavy read. Many, many names of leaders, acronyms of parties, flipping between towns and regions and forwards and backwards in time which can leave a person exhausted. I didn't read the book during one period of time, I had to take a break and take it back up again after struggling to maintain clarity. A criticism yes, but not a criticism of accuracy.
The story is harrowing and details yet another failing of the European powers to stop a barbarous war and how outside intervention exacerbated the situation further. Europe, the USSR and USA failed the Spanish people during the war but I can but wonder how the Spanish themselves explain this inglorious episode in their history in their schools. An excellent book but be prepared for a detailed account.