Sunday, June 19, 2016

Review of Instaread Summary of "Spain In Our Hearts Americans In the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939" by Adam Hochschild

Review of

Instaread Summary of Spain In Our Hearts Americans In the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild 

Five out of five stars

 The Spanish Civil War is the best historical model for the current war in Syria. It started as a local uprising against the government and quickly morphed into a proxy war where other nations committed funding, equipment and troops in the fight that devastated the country. Another similarity is that committed people from many countries risked everything, including their lives, to join the fight for the Spanish Republic. Some of them were Americans and they are the focus of this book.
 The Spanish Civil War can be roughly described as a prelude to the upcoming battle between Communism on the side of the Republic (Soviet Union) and fascism on the side of Franco (Germany and Italy.) Yet, like the rebel side of the Syrian Civil War, the foreign forces aiding the Republic were composed of many factions, some of which fought each other.
 This is one of the best Instaread summaries that I have ever read. The writer of the summary does a superb job in summarizing an extremely complex historical event, from the basics of the Communism versus Fascism struggle to the motives and idealism of the Americans that left the comfort of their lives for the uncertain fate of a foreign battlefield.
 I have long believed that the Spanish Civil War should receive more attention in the study of history, this summary could serve as a primer in such courses.

This book was made available for free for review purposes. 

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