Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From the Pulitzer Prize winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The Spanish Civil War inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Heeney Company Atlanta, Martha From the Pulitzer Prize winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The idealism of the cause—defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war—and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: GuernicaFor Whom the Bell TollsHomage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth. The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict.

Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion.

From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, readers have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now, he takes us into battlefields and bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain changed the world forever.

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Human stories during the Spanish Civil War woven into a compelling book. In the initial section Rhodes details in a readily understandable form the build up to the Spanish Civil War and how General Francisco Franco led a military revolt against the Qei Company aided by Mussolini and Hitler.

The republican side was aided by Stalin for a time, whilst the other western powers stood aside. The Human stories during the Spanish Civil War woven into a compelling book. The author tells the stories of some of those who travelled to Spain to support the republican cause. Robert Merriman, a Communist from California also features prominently. The book would have benefited from images of these art works, however I was reading an ebook review copy so the final versions may well have photos.

If you are at all interested in the Spanish Civil War then well worth a read. Jan 31, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: historyww2non-fictionmilitarylibraryeurope. If you are interested in the celebs of the day, Picasso, Hemingway, Gelhorn, etc, then this could be a good read for you. I don't give a fig for any of them. Slightly better discussion on the medical Zolt Company of the conflict, which paid benefits in the coming WWII.

Rhodes' reputation encouraged me to read this but it does not measure up to my expectation at all. Frankly it was boring. Much better writing Hell Good Company too. View 2 comments. Mar 03, Scott Schneider rated it really liked it.

A fascinating book about an amazing "little war. It was a test run for the Axis vs. Allied of WW II. The supporters of the Republicans was an amazing mix of idealists from Hemingway to Picasso and Miro, Orwell fought for them, JS Haldane developed blood transport and storage for them. They developed an A fascinating book about an amazing "little war.

They developed an extensive medical support network, supplied in part by the Canadians. Many people raised funds for the Republicans including Paul Robeson. This book is like a lot of snapshots of the war, major battles fire bombing of Guernicamajor figures, major inventions. For a short pg book it has an amazing bibliography over 20 pg! Sadly the German and Italian firepower and air power just overwhelmed the Republicans and Franco ruled Spain for over 3 decades. Hitler got to try out military moves for WW II.

A very interesting book. Mar 02, Maxine rated it really liked it. It has also become something of a touchstone for many Romantics and Idealists. Inafter centuries of rule by the Church, the Aristocracy, and the army, Spain finally became a Republic.

InGeneral Francisco Franco, with the support of Hitler and Mussolini, began a military revolt against this Republic. The war attracted many idealists from elsewhere to aid the new Republic in the struggle. They came from different countries and different walks of life. There were doctors, surgeons, nurses as well as labourers, engineers, writers, artists and WWI vets.

They represented many different political views but they had one thing in common — they were determined to stop fascism. He also focuses on Venetian Company Picnic Shooting medical professionals including Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune whose cobbled together mobile Hell Good Company units helped reduce the number of casualties in combat and the Catalan doctor Josep Trueta whose method for cleaning, packing and Xtreme Talent Dance Company Abbotsford Bc wounds saved countless lives and preserved limbs that would have otherwise been amputated.

In Hell and Good Company, Rhodes gives a well-researched, well-written, and fascinating look at the people, both national and international, who fought to preserve the Republic during the Spanish Civil War. Feb 16, Peter Pete Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: politics, general-historywarfareeuropean-historyintellectual-historyworld-historynonfictionsecond-world-warto Not bad all in all.

Apr 01, Mrs. Palmer rated it it was amazing Shelves: historyspanish-civil-warwar A wonderfully done story of the Spanish Civil War, taking the accounts of all kinds of people involved, from Hemingway to Picasso to the doctors and nurses on the front lines. A really interesting discussion of how the art that came out of it, Guernica in particular, was influenced by the events of the war.

Just a fascinating story of a terrible event. I learned a lot about the medical innovations of the war as well. A good book for the person interested in the Hell Good Company, but it's also very A wonderfully done story of Hell Good Company Spanish Civil War, taking the accounts of all kinds of people involved, from Hemingway to Picasso to the doctors and nurses on the front lines.

A good book for the person interested in the topic, but it's also very compelling on its own. It is nonfiction, but it has a strong narrative voice.

Feb 07, Zeb Kantrowitz rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-read. This is a different style of history. It gives you the story from the perspective of the people who fought on the side of the Republic. People who are familiar with the war have heard the stories about Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn, This is a different style of history. But it was the men who fought in the International Brigades IB and the doctors and nurses who worked in the 24 IB hospitals that really made a difference.

During the war they devised the first mobile blood bank, the use of triage in emergency situations and remarkable new ways of treating wounds from shrapnel and bullets. The soldiers of the IB stopped the first attempt by Franco to take Madrid. On Hell Good Company fascist side the Germans were able to try out new theories of war, such as the use of carpet bombing to destroy cities and the morale of the people in them.

For the Soviet Union, it was their first try at creating a communist state outside of eastern Europe. Their destruction of their anarchist and republican allies in battles in Barcelona was one of the reasons that the Republicans lost the war. For anyone who likes to read about war from the viewpoint of the soldiers and civilians who lived through it, this is the book for you. Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.

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Jan 15, 2016 · “Hell and Good Company is characteristically pacy, vivid and emotive. It reliably conveys the conflict’s broad outlines for those who know nothing about the bloody 1936-39 war between the leftist Republican government and the insurgent Nationalist forces of Francisco Franco, while adding enough well-sourced fresh material to interest those ...3.7/5(71)…