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Unlikely Warriors: The Extraordinary Story Of The Britons Who Fought In The Spanish Civil War Paperback – 1 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781312338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781312339
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Richard Baxell is one of the world’s greatest experts on the International Brigades. Unlikely Warriors is not only the definitive work on the British volunteers in terms of its research base and its awareness of the complex British, Spanish and international contexts. It is also a superbly written and deeply moving vision of the inspiring but doomed efforts of men and women to halt Europe’s descent into war.’

(Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Holocaust)

‘Baxell draws painstaking miniatures of the uncontroversial heroism of doomed men. It’s beyond history; it’s myth.’

(Gideon Lewis-Kraus London Review of Books)

'Benefiting from an impressive range of research, this is an extraordinary story of heroism, tragedy and sacrifice.'

(Nick Soldinger History of War magazine)

'A marvellously accessible history of the British volunteers who joined the struggle against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Richard Baxell sheds new light on the role and achievements of these idealistic men and women. Fascinating.'

(Victoria Hislop, author of The Return)

'A story of astonishing principle and courage. Baxell presents the volunteers unromantically but sensitively: as ordinary people who made an extraordinary choice.'

(Maxine Peake)

'This is a colorful, heroic, tragic and deeply troubling tale. War is a horror that can serve a good cause. Baxell provides a full account of mostly working class people who voluntarily went to war for a good cause that they believed in. Based on an extraordinary range of material, it is a splendid thing to have this full and satisfying account.'

(Peter Stansky The Volunteer)

'The book is beautifully written and it’s a totally absorbing read about incredible people whose like we will probably never see again.' 

(Alan Lloyd Morning Star)

'Well researched and luminously written, Baxell's book shows us what these volunteers were like - their grand heroism and their petty hatreds, the miseries they endured, the awfulness of war.'

(Francis Beckett The Tablet)

'Unlikely Warriors is a well researched, largely balanced, highly readable and accessible narrative of what remains a compelling story. For this, Richard Baxell is to be congratulated.'

(Lewis Mates Contemporary British History)

‘Lively and accessible… Those of us privileged like the author to have met and known a number of the survivors know that Spain always remained in their hearts. The time they spent there was proudly remembered by many as the most important of their lives.’

(Morning Star)

About the Author

RICHARD BAXELL is an author, researcher and historian who has lectured and written widely on the British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

His critically acclaimed British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: The British Battalion in the International Brigades, 1936-1939 developed from his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics under Professor Paul Preston. With fellow historian Angela Jackson and journalist and International Brigade Memorial Trust Secretary, Jim Jump, Richard wrote and designed the popular travelling exhibition Antifascistas on the British and Irish volunteers as well as the accompanying book of the same name.

He is currently a research associate at the London School of Economics and a trustee of the International Brigade Memorial Trust.

More information can be found at: www.richardbaxell.info


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