Spain in Our Hearts

  • by Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by Henry Strozier
  • 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed.
For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery 19-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon; a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid; a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides; and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil - at reduced prices and on credit.
It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.


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Customer Reviews

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Great book very well written and narrated

This book could make you cry. It gives a historical background and still is able to give the humanity of the war revealed in each person
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- James750 "Non Fiction Listener but huge Liar in my regular life"

Best book I've read on this subject

Since reading "For Whom the Bell Tolls"as a boy I've been fascinated by this subject. Reading all the books I could find, all the documentary and fiction films I could see, taking Civil War Tours through modern Barcelona, standing where Orwell might have stood . "In Our Hearts" strategy, to tell the history of the war through the lives of Americans who became involved in it, is remarkably successful. Idealism, folly, greed and heroism - what a collection of stories, woven together with such compassion and insight. I would recommend this anyone who enjoys beautifully written historical narrative. The reader's performance is perfect, subtle and spellbinding, moving me to unexpected tears. What a great experience!
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- Tim Speidel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books