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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 Miro Martha Gellhorn Ernest Hemingway George Orwell and John Dos Passos 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 Guernica For Whom the Bell Tolls Homage to Catalonia The Spanish EarthThe 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 In those ways and in many others the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II and for the entire twentieth century 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

10 thoughts on “Hell and Good Company

  1. says:

    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 republic aided by Mussolini and Hitler The republican side was aided by Stalin for a time whilst the other western powers stood aside Despite the non intervention of the western powers 40000 foreign volunteers came to the republic’s aidThe author tells the stories of some of those who travelled to Spain to support the republican cause There’s some obvious characters here Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn a brief appearance by George Orwell as well as lesser known characters such as Norman Bethune a Canadian surgeon Edward Barsky an American doctor and Patience Darton a British nurseRobert Merriman a Communist from California also features prominently He was the commander of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion of US volunteers on which the hero of Hemingway's war novel For Whom the Bell Tolls was basedThe book does concentrate uite significantly on the medical aspects of the Spanish Civil War as well as the processes that went into the creation of the major modern art pieces the war produced namely Picasso’s “Guernica” and the lesser known “The Reaper” by Joan Miró for the 1937 Paris World Fair both commissioned by the Republican Government 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 photosThe book focuses on the characters and their personal stories and is therefore not a military history however it’s better for that Personal stories have much impact and I found the story of Patience Darton particularly moving If you are at all interested in the Spanish Civil War then well worth a read

  2. says:

    Sadly only 2 Stars for this TMZ version of Spanish Civil War history 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 aspects 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 You can find a much better account in War Is Beautiful An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War Much better writing there too

  3. says:

    A fascinating book about an amazing little war Sandwiched between the two World Wars from 1936 1939 Germany and Italy backed Franco to overpower the Republicans backed by France Britain Russia Canada and just about everyone else 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 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 Guernica major figures major inventions For a short 240 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

  4. says:

    “’War is psychologically like hell supernatural like it and also as we have been taught to expect full of good company’” Edward Barsky American surgeon volunteerThe Spanish Civil War is often viewed as the real beginning of WWII It has also become something of a touchstone for many Romantics and Idealists As author Richard Rhodes says in his Introduction to his book Hell and Good Company ‘many books have been written about the Spanish Civil War’ but it is ’the human stories that had not been told or had not been told completely’ that he chooses to write about In 1931 after centuries of rule by the Church the Aristocracy and the army Spain finally became a Republic In 1936 General 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 Many formed their own brigades including the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the United States They represented many different political views but they had one thing in common – they were determined to stop fascism In that they failed but much of what they did including the art and the literature still inspire today including Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Picasso’s Guernica Rhodes recounts their involvement along with other famous and not so famous people who were willing to risk it all for idealism politics and in than a few cases for the adventureHe also focuses on the medical professionals including Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune whose cobbled together mobile blood units helped reduce the number of casualties in combat and the Catalan doctor Josep Trueta whose method for cleaning packing and casting wounds saved countless lives and preserved limbs that would have otherwise been amputated Rhodes describes in fascinating detail the many innovative technologies that these and many other medical professionals developed which are still used today ‘advances in blood collection preservation and storage; in field surgery; in the efficient sorting of casualties’ 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 He captures the hell of the war its insanity and its horrors but most of all he captures the bravery and the idealism of those who volunteered at such great risk to themselves – they were the best of good company

  5. says:

    Richard Rhodes not a scholar of the Spanish Civil war nor of Spain in general is a fine explainer of interesting things from the life of John James Audubon to The Making of the Atomic Bomb and with this adds a very nice volume to the histories of that war and that fracturing nation Hell and Good Company The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made 2015 Not a military history though including moving descriptions of several of the battles – Madrid and the Jarama valley among others– it does a particularly good job with what most war writing omits — the challenge to and courage of those responsible for the care and healing of the wounded American and British medical personnel and particularly the work of British nurses get much of his attention He is interested in he tells us “the human stories not yet told or told only completely I was drawn as well to the technical developments of the war especially constructive technology which amplifies compassion” As a non Spaniard looking in he scatters the pages with accounts of non Spanish participants — George Orwell Ernest Hemingway Martha Gellhorn Antoine de Saint Exupery Andre Malraux among many– to give today’s reader a strong impression of what moved so many to risk their lives See at

  6. says:

    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 topic but it's also very compelling on its own It is nonfiction but it has a strong narrative voice

  7. says:

    This is a different style of history It reads like and historical novel where the characters are important than the actions of the military It gives you the story from the perspective of the people who fought on the side of the Republic Between 1936 and 1939 than one hundred thousand volunteers poured into Republican Spain to try and stop the Nationalist troops under FrancoPeople who are familiar with the war have heard the stories about Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn but most don’t know that George Orwell and John Dos Passos also fought on the side of the Republic Both Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro created world famous paintings for the 1937 Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s FairBut 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 MadridOn the 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 They were also able to try out many new weapons most of which they later used in the “blitzkrieg” that helped them conuer most of Western Europe and large chunks of the Soviet Union 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 But for Stalin and company it was a lesson they would apply to Eastern Europe after World War TwoFor anyone who likes to read about war from the viewpoint of the soldiers and civilians who lived through it this is the book for youZeb Kantrowitz zworstblogblogspotcom

  8. says:

    a good general re hash of the civil war would be excellent for anyone just getting into reading about spain and the politics art and dictatorships old and new has nice pics hella bibliography good index maphas some interesting angles coming from artists pov but all in all just a survey of spain in 20th cent centering on war years of 1930'ssome interesting and in depth reads The New Spaniards ; this is maybe best one for hard core readers of the civil war We Saw Spain Die Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War ; Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past ; and payne has dedicated his whole intellectual life to the war so is very informative if a bit conservative Franco A Personal and Political Biography

  9. says:

    The Spanish Civil War is one of the less heavily studied wars of the twentieth century yet it served as a proving ground for all sorts of technologies and methods destined to be used only a couple of years later by Hitler's Wehrmacht Rhodes you may know him from his eually splendid volume on the development of the atomic bomb does a superb job of revealing both the events and the people involved in this war An entire generation of artists and writers ranging from Pablo Picasso to Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell were inspired by this brutal conflict much as the Romantics were inspired by the Greek fight for independence over a century before The idealism of the cause of defending democracy from fascism produced some of their best work Tens of thousands of foreign volunteers went to fight in Spain The war also sped up breakthroughs in military technology and medical techniues many of which were applied to European and North African battlefields between 1939 and 1945 Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a reality for the first time and foreshadowed World War II

  10. says:

    Simply a terrific read Rhodes best known for his books on the Making of the Atomic and Hydrogen bombs takes his turn at the Spanish Civil War Based on unpublished memoirs of participants most of whom are at NYU in NY this is social history then political If you are looking for a detailed analysis of battles or politics this is not the book It is a very narrow wonderfully written narrative history of the war as seen through the eyes of those unpublished manuscriptsThe war is also examined from the point of view of art Both Pacasso and Miro have their works examined as are many of those literary lights like dos Pasos Hemmingway Orwell and Stephen SpendorThe war was not only a testing ground for war tactics and technology but for medicine Blood transfusions were perfected and used blood collection and storage was perfected and used and triage so common now was introduced for the first time Rhodes writes with a fluidity and brio that is enviable Even if the subject matter does not interest you his writing will captivate A recommended read