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The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
     

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

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by Antony Beevor
 

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A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945

Beevor's Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books 

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has

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A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945

Beevor's Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books 

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book (Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks), provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.


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Editorial Reviews

John Keegan
It is a rare book which cannot be supplemented, and Antony Beevor writes with insight and skill. —The Sunday Times
From the Publisher
This book is destined for the first rank of general histories of the [Spanish] Civil War. (Santos Juliß, El Pafs)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101201206
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
290,396
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
This book is destined for the first rank of general histories of the [Spanish] Civil War. (Santos Juliß, El Pafs)

Meet the Author

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and seven works of non-fiction. They include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete—The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also been contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to a forthcoming book on the Eastern Front in World War II in honour of the late John Erickson.

Stalingrad, first published in 1998, won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1999. The British edition, a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback, has so far sold over 600,000 copies, and the book has been translated into twenty-four languages. The Fall of Berlin 1945, published in 2002, was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject. The book will also be appearing in twenty-four foreign editions. It was a No. 1 Bestseller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. The two books between them have already sold over two million copies. His latest book, The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, describes the experiences of the Chekhov and Knipper families from before the Russian revolution until after the Second World War.



Antony Beevor was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1997 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. He was the 2002-2003 Lees-Knowles lecturer at Cambridge. In 2003, he received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. He is a member of the management committee of the Society of Authors and of the London Library. He is also Visiting Professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. In September 2003, he took over from Philip Pullman as Chairman of the Society of Authors. In July 2004, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent. He is currently a judge of the British Academy Book Prize and a member of the Samuel Johnson Prize steering committee.


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Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just boring 
mermao More than 1 year ago
Any military history by Anthony Beevor is worth reading and this one is no exception. I'd rate it up there with Hugh Thomas's history of the Spanish Civil War, maybe giving Thomas an edge on the politics, but Beevor a definite edge on the military aspects.
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The best ever writen a must read, as a genenral workit is broad and deep and covers all sides of that almost forgotten civil war
Monchi More than 1 year ago
I have thrown away the money that this book cost me, and I take it as a good lesson on why B&N has provided us with the ability to download a sample of a book that we may be interested in. I am very interested in the Spanish Civil War, and I believe that it offers a great lesson for all democracies in our world as to what blind partisanship and ruthless politicians can do to a nation. Unfortunately this author has such simplistics notions of what a study of history involves that he is blind to his own biases. The book reads more like gossip and hearsay than any seriously researched book on such an immportant subject. Time and again Mr. Beevor dismisses major players, like the Catholic Church, in the Spanish culture with clear biases common to many modern secularist. This is a shame because this bias prevents Mr. Beevor from providing any credible analysis of whhat this particular faction, and others, contributed to this debacle. At the same timme Mr. Beevor is so blind to the claims of the socialist and anarchist groups that he never stops to analyze what it meant to a portion of the population that these groups would impose their worldview on. And so, it is sad that this poor "historical" writer has wasted so much paper and ink on something as useless as this book. I doubt that I would consider any of his other masterpieces... Compared to Barbara W. Tuchman's works, Mr Beevor should write only historical fiction. In short; thank you B&N, next time I will make it a point to sample what I am about to read. Fortunately I bought the ebook version so that at least I was not part of killinng trees in order to read this worthless book.