The Library recently obtained 3 new war history books that have received many good reviews and publicity. Highly recommended!
Spanish Civil War History
“Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939” by Adam Hochschild.
A history of the Spanish Civil War as told through the eyes of a dozen or so unforgettable characters. In the mid 1930’s, as the Spanish Civil War dominated the headlines in America and abroad, volunteers flooded Spain to assist the democratically elected government fight off a right wing coup led by Spanish General Francisco Franco. Today much of what has been remembered about the Spanish Civil War has been told thru a few classic accounts, Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and George Orwell’s memoirs. But in this telling we see the experience of lesser known individuals. Interestingly, one of the more surprising accounts uncovered is that Franco received almost all his oil at reduced prices and on credit from a Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies.