The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo
- Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
- Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-14-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle, and hated by others as a Stalinist gravedigger of the revolution, Santiago Carrillo was arguably the dictator's most consistent left-wing enemy.
For many on the right, Carrillo was a monster to be vilified as a mass murderer for his activities during the Civil War. But his survival owed to certain qualities that he had in abundance - a capacity for hard work, stamina and endurance, writing and oratorical skills, intelligence and cunning - though honesty and loyalty were not among them.
One by one he turned on those who helped him in his desire for advancement, revealing the ruthless streak that he shared with Franco, and a zeal for rewriting his past.
Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Spain's greatest modern historian Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of 20th-century Spanish politics.
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By Neus on 11-07-15
Terrible Spanish pronunciation
Terrible pronunciation of Spanish words and names. Difficult to understand who or what the narrator is referring to. Keeble is in need of coaching to pronounce properly if he is going to narrate a book that has Spanish vocabulary and names. Really awful.
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