We Saw Spain Die review ñ 3

Paul Preston ✓ 3 characters

We Saw Spain Die review ñ 3 ì ➹ [Download] ➵ We Saw Spain Die By Paul Preston ➼ – Helpyouantib.co.uk Based on a huge trove of diary and personal letter material regarding principally British and American but also Russian and French correspondents 'We Saw Spain Die' tells of the courage and the skills Based on a huge trove of The skills of the men and women who wrote about what was happening in Spain during the Civil Wa. Paul Preston is uite possibly the definitive English language at least authority on the Spanish Civil War though this isn't my favourite book of his on the subject From what I've read on the subject I've developed uite a favourable opinion of the RepublicanLoyalist side of the conflict though even I felt the tone of the writing occasionally veers into bias There's a degree of overt passion that's actually missing from Preston's other work that deal with what should be visceral topics such as a military history though Anthony Beevor is a little bit polished in that regard an account of wartime atrocities As with any non fiction exploration of a complicated event there is a glut of names to remember though the level of reoccurrence of certain figures Allen Fischer Bolin etc means they do develop a familiarity The book provides a fascinating insight into the press of the time into how the war was portrayed It provides a solid explanation for the origin of popular misconceptions about the war that persist in certain uarters to this day Which is essentially what the book sets out to do In terms of the conflicts background a exhaustive analysis of the history politics of pre war Spain or a timeline of the conflict itself campaigns battles etc look elsewhere

summary ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Paul Preston

Based on a huge trove of diary and personal letter material regarding principally British and A. Detailed and colorful account of the experiences of the mainly British but some American war correspondents who covered the Spanish Civil War by one of the foremost historians of the period Extremely good on the historical context not surprisingly and full of both documentation and dramatic detail A number of the positive reviews of this book which has so far been published in England but not in the US call it narrative history or say that it reads like a novel; but with respect I don't think that's true The book is a series of discrete chapters on different correspondents or groups of correspondents and there's no narrative through line; nor is there enough personal detail except in a few cases such as the story of George Steel the model for Evelyn Waugh's Scoop to make the subjects emerge as characters I'm not sure in any case that this was Preston's aim; I feel he is concerned with illuminating a less known corner of the history of the Spanish Civil War and in this he certainly succeeds If I have a criticism of this book it's that I'm not sure what in the end it adds up to How did the press influence the course of events in Spain if indeed it did If it didn't did the war influence the way the press covered subseuent wars What was the lasting effect if there was one of the coverage these men and women gave to the events they witnessed Preston either doesn't feel the uestions are answerable or he isn't interested in asking them The result is that We Saw Spain Die sometimes feels like a long footnote than an integrated work but as any writer of biography or history or even criticism can tell you sometimes the best material is in the footnotes

review We Saw Spain Die

We Saw Spain DieMerican but also Russian and French correspondents 'We Saw Spain Die' tells of the courage and. I've read uite a few books on this period but this takes a rather distinctive angle focussing on the correspondents While it is largely sympathetic to the Republican side it does give a warts and all account of the correspondents many of whom went to Spain unsympathetic to the Republican struggle but who converted either through experiencing the brutalities of the fascists directly or by seeing the enthusiasm of the people for the RepublicThe book is meticulously scholarly and provides a wealth of information about various aspects of the war My only beef would be the way that it is structured Rather than being organised chronologically it tends to focus on different groups or individuals so that there is uite a bit of jumping back and forward That therefore means you need to be already familiar with the timeframe of the revolution and civil war to follow it probably The book is dedicated to Herbert Southworth and the final chapter details Southworths' career post Civil War as he defends the legacy of the Republic against Franco's falsification making himself the fascists Enemy Number One in the process It was a very moving read