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The Battle for Spain

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780753821657

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 24th May 2007

Genre: Humanities / History / Military History / Spanish Civil War

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The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.

The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.

Antony Beevor’s account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d’etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.


A gripping, revelatory account
Sunday Telegraph
the definitive book on the subject.
An admirably clear-sighted account ... a great achievement
Miranda France, Daily Telegraph
The Battle for Spain looks likely to become the standard account of the conflict for at least the next generation
London Review of Books
For the big picture of the war, all the more powerful for its blending of narrative intensity with emotional restraint, there is no rival to Antony Beevor's masterly The Battle for Spain
A moving masterpiece of the indictment of war
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Times Literary Supplement
It is an admirably clear-sighted account. What Beevor does so well is to place the war in the context of Spanish history and world politics ... Beevor's understanding of warfare and tactics is second to none ... This is a great achievement
Daily Telegraph
A very different book, which displays all Beevor's exceptional narrative skills and literary flair. The story he tells is grimly familiar, but he presents it with a freshness, an eye for detail and a degree of detachment that makes this one of the best accounts to date of the Spanish crisis
Evening Standard
exhaustive and admirably clear account.
In many ways it's his most impressive book to date because he coolly makes sense of such a complicated story: the narrative sweep is consummate, the seamless use of so many sources masterful, and the eye for details makes it a superb read
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Mail on Sunday
Fascination lies in the human drama, superbly captured by Beevor ... a vivid chronicle of a dreadful time and place
Max Hastings, Sunday Times
Antony Beevor's revised history of the Civil War, which vividly anatomises a state and a society in the process of disintegration, is a tract for our times ... Above all, he has Beevorised the book, given it the richness of detail and the narrative drive that made Stalingrad such a success
This is an enthralling book. The narrative is masterly, wonderfully clear as a guide through the labyrinth. It is even-tempered and full of good sense ... It is admirable
Literary Review