From the acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon, a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid, a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides, and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil - at reduced prices, and on credit. It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.
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"The brutal Spanish Civil War, which rocked Spain from 1936 to 1939, inspired not only Spaniards to take up arms, but also many foreign volunteers who came to offer their assistance, among them many Americans, including Ernest Hemingway, along with the English, including George Orwell. Narrator Henry Strozier has a rich, authoritative baritone, and his straightforward, no-nonsense delivery encapsulates the tough realities of this divisive war as he recounts the personal narratives of some of the American volunteers. Strozier's rugged and unadorned voicing is a great fit for this story of the struggle against fascism that divided a nation and foreshadowed the battles that Europe as a whole would soon face in WWII. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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