Published by Stanford University Press in 1994, 440 pages. Paperback (S6945)
This book is an immensley detailed history of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and tells the story of the 2,800 young Americans who volunteered to defend the Spanish Republic against Franco's rebellion of 1936 - and what became of them after Spain. Although the central event of their lives was a war they lost, they are viewed less in the context of their military activities than in the political and cultural climate that defined their commitment, and the book follows the lives of the volunteers who survived (about one-third died in Spain) through the Second World War, the Cold War, and Vietnam, right up until today....
The event that galvanized these American volunteers and the many thousands who supported them in American and elsewhere was the fascist rebellion in Spain, led by General Franco and supported by the fascist regimes in Germany and Italy. This rebellion sought to overthrow the democratically elected Second Spanish Republic, which had come to power in Spain on July 17, 1936, and the rebels benefited immensley by the betrayal of the western powers, who refused to support the legitimate government of Spain (through their policy of non intervention). This led to huge numbers of volunteers travelling to Spain to fight for the government and against fascism (and who were organised in the International Brigades).
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has been laminated, and has some minor scuffs, as well as light nibbling along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a name in pen on the inside front cover.