Spain today has been shaped by the outcome of its intensely bitter Civil War (1936-9). This book contains the recollections of the participants - the landowners and landless labourers, factory owners and workers, students, housewives, priests, miners, soldiers, as well as members of all political groupings. The book attempts to explain what civil war, revolution and counter-revolution actually felt like from inside both camps. The contours of the war take shape through the words of the eyewitnesses and the atmosphere of events is recaptured and the tragic essence of all civil war is revealed.
"Traversing a scarred land that has endured everything and forgotten nothing, historian Ronald Fraser records the memories of survivors in this remarkable oral history... No other volume on the Spanish Civil War can surpass the power of this one." * Time * "Fascinating and brilliantly unorthodox." -- High Thomas "Fraser has stunningly captured the feel of the Spanish Civil War. It is as close to the truth as we'll ever get." -- Studs Terkel "Moving and original...splendid and evocative." * New York Times Book Review * "Just occasionally a great and important historical work appears that not only affects our understanding of the events it describes and analyses, but also significantly alters our attitude towards the historical process itself... A magnificent, monumental book, that is quite the most valuable addition to the vast library of books on the 1930s that has been published in the last decade." -- Richard Gott * Guardian *