Fighters against Fascism: British Heroes of the Spanish Civil War Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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‘Seventy years on, these courageous veterans of the International Brigade are still full of passion for their cause and this book vividly captures the idealism and the foresight which motivated them to fight in Spain.’
About the Author
Max Arthur is Britain's foremost oral historian, with over 16 books to his name, including the award-winning Forgotten Voices of the Second World War, the bestselling Last Post: The Final Word from our First World War Soldiers, and Forgotten Voices of the Great War.
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Arthur interviews a wide range of people who made the difficult journey and, in the finest oral historian fashion allows these individuals to do tell their stories. It is timely as well- Bob Doyle and Jack Jones are among those who have been interviewed and who had passed away since then. This stands as a worthy tribute (particularly when taken along side Doyle's own memoirs 'Brigasdista') and the fact that the flame of rebellion and desire for progressive change still burns brightly in those interviewed demonstrates a passion and real interest in the good of humanity that it is hard to find matched today- la lucha continua!
Book is mainly a review of motives and politics motivating these fighters against fascism, rather than the expected more detailed account of their activities whilst in Spain.
If I were the editor, the only slight change I might make would be to the running order, to make a more chronological whole. The accounts, themselves need no changes. They are at once matter of fact and deeply moving succeeding in capturing the events as they happened with the added perspective of time passed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No analysis and very little detail. This is merely a transcript of a series of interviews conducted far too late after the events to be particularly enlightening. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by matt b.
this book is more about the people who volunteered rather than what they actually did - interesting but could do with more detail of their time in Spain. Read morePublished on 18 July 2011 by Juanita
I bought this book in a rush at an airport bookstall as my wife was telling me that we would miss our plane if I didn't act immediately! Buy in haste, repent at leisure! £8. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2010 by John Cook
I have to say I am really dissapointed by this book. It really had a great potential but it was completely wasted. Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by eastern barbarian