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A masterpiece of the historian's art, Hugh Thomas's The Spanish Civil War remains the best, most engrossing narrative of one of the most emblematic and misunderstood wars of the twentieth century. Revised and updated with significant new material, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this epic conflict, this "definitive work on the subject" (Richard Bernstein, The New York Times ) has been given a fresh face forty years after its initial publication in 1961. In brilliant, moving detail, Thomas analyzes a devastating conflict in which the hopes, dreams, and dogmas of a century exploded onto the battlefield. Like no other account, The Spanish Civil War dramatically reassembles the events that led a European nation, in a continent on the brink of world war, to divide against itself, bringing into play the machinations of Franco and Hitler, the bloodshed of Guernica, and the deeply inspiring heroics of those who rallied to the side of democracy. Communists, anarchists, monarchists, fascists, socialists, democrats -- the various forces of the Spanish Civil War composed a fabric of the twentieth century itself, and Thomas masterfully weaves the diffuse and fascinating threads of the war together in a manner that has established the book as a genuine classic of modern history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375755156
ISBN-10: 0375755152
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 130mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas is the author of numerous works of history, including Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico and Cuba, or The Pursuit of Freedom. He lives in London.

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