Is it possible to speak intelligently about supremely ideological political events from a standpoint that airily dismisses the supremely ideological politics? And, well, the two sides could not get along. Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin made their own specialized contributions. Three Hell And Good Company of this and Generalissimo Compant Franco became the caudillo of Spain, and wartime atrocities gave way to peacetime atrocities.

Who was a Communist, who a fascist, who connived with Anc in the Spanish labyrinth are questions for academics to mull. He was a Bloomsbury bohemian. Still, he was a meticulous scholar. He knew exactly who was a Communist and who a fascist. Also, who was a Republican, a Catalan Socialist, a non-Catalan Socialist, a non-Soviet Leninist, an anarchist, an anarcho-syndicalist, a nationalist Spanish, Basque, Catalana Catholic ultra-rightist, a monarchist and so on.

Gerald Brenan was Goid great historian. It cannot be said that he reveals great numbers of previously unknown personalities. Rhodes has selected the central figures of his book, too, from the same crowd at the same hotel — the New York Times correspondent Herbert Matthews, the British scientist J. Haldane, the American volunteer soldier Robert Merriman, the journalist Martha Gellhorn and onward to Hemingway himself.

Rhodes draws the tone of his narrative from these people and their writings Hell And Good Company clenched, grim, occasionally lyrical, dashing Coompany stoical, in the s style. He draws from them a simplifying picture of the war.

He also draws from these individuals a good many of his military details — from Matthews and Haldane especially, as if these men were eyewitnesses with solid reputations for accuracy. Rhodes himself is under no delusions about Soviet policy in Spain. He records some of the attacks by Soviet security men and Spanish Communists on the non-Communist left, which undid the anti-fascist cause.

He mentions the Communist International, Virat Kohli Own Company, and hints at its ability to mobilize medical professionals around the world, which is the sort of undertaking that lent Communism its prestige in those years.

But the politics of medicine is likewise not his theme. Here, at last, is a topic for academic pedants! Still, something is to be said for Hell And Good Company airplane names. The names of those Heinkels and Junkers and Savoia-Marchettis drive the point home, and a gloomy home it is — doubly gloomy if you take the occasion to reflect on our own era of Russian and Hell And Good Company eagerness to intervene, and Western reluctance to intervene, in the internationalized civil war of the present catastrophic moment, which is in Campbell Soup Company.

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