Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican government in the Spanish Civil War until his quiet death in 1975, is the subject of this book. The biography presents a mass of new and unknown material about its subject, the fruits of research in the archives of six ...
Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican government in the Spanish Civil War until his quiet death in 1975, is the subject of this book. The biography presents a mass of new and unknown material about its subject, the fruits of research in the archives of six countries and a plethora of interviews with key figures. Paul Preston is the author of "The Triumph of Democracy in Spain" and "The Spanish Civil War 1936-9".
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The author is fair to a subject he does not particularly like. It is a great historical study with a fine use of primary sources.
Aug 13, 2009
Fair Findings on Francisco Franco
Well written, compelling, and readable biography about the Generalissimo who ruled Spain for nearly forty years. This book is loaded with a lot of interesting trivia about Franco. Preston's treatment of his subject is truly "fair and balanced."
Aug 13, 2009
Exhaustive study well worth the time.
Dr. Preston has written an 800-plus page book of Generalissimo Franco that is so absolutely thorough, as well as fair, it and he might be villified by the far-left and the far-right. However, that should encourge many readers to at the very least, crack it open and find the real Franco.
With the left having dominated the press for the last forty years, we are all aware of Franco's crimes, but what Preston does is reveal many of Franco's successes, e.g. religious tolerance(Protestants, Jews, and Muslims), socio-economic system, economic growth, and surprisingly the emasculation of the fascists. Regardless of the conclusion that individuals will draw of Franco, they will certainly regard this work as one of the finest biographies written in the 20th century and if nothing else, a veritable eye-opener.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-05 Preston's definitive, gripping biography of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, ``the least known of the great dictators of the twentieth century,'' penetrates the wall of secrecy, propaganda and myths surrounding the fascist demagogue. A brutal tyrant who silenced his opponents with imprisonment, torture and executions and thereby paralyzed the masses with fear, Franco (1892-1975) hid behind a series of masks-desert hero commanding the Spanish Legion in Morocco; modern El Cid during the Civil War, defending the Catholic faith and restoring Spain's national greatness; benevolent patriarch. Moreover, Franco, a cunning politician of startlingly mediocre intellect, deeply believed in these personas, often denied he was a dictator, and ascribed domestic working-class and left-liberal opposition to the machinations of foreign Communist or Masonic elements. Professor of international history at the London School of Economics, Preston demolishes claims by admirers and apologists that the generalissimo skillfully held off Hitler to preserve Spain's neutrality; instead, he shows that Hitler's unwillingness to promise France's colonies to Spain led to a stalemate between the two dictators. By the late 1950s, Preston maintains, Franco was increasingly a figurehead who reluctantly acquiesced in Spain's technocratic turn to capitalism. Photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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