What are the best books related to the Spanish Civil War?

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    #1The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain is a non-fiction book written by Paul Preston which gives an insight into one of the most unexamined era of the modern European history. 

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    Charles Berry
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you're expecting a romantic read of Old Spain, don't bother with this book. If you're wanting an uncompromising view of the atrocities committed during this time period, then look no further. This book will shock you. It was a good read, but some of the material is quite disturbing."
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    #2For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.
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    Tejas Rangarajan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a classic that we just don't expect our children to read anymore, for shame. For Whom the Bell Tolls takes us back to the Spanish revolution through the perspective of Ernest Hemingway. He presents an exceedingly complex character. A fair bit of warning though: This is the abridged version, which is why I've only given it 2.5 stars as opposed to 5. It buchters the original text to be more palatable to less sophisticated younger audiences and loses much of the depth of meaning in Hemingway's writing. Read this to prime you for the real thing, but it's surely no substitute."
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    #3The Soldiers of Salamis

    The Soldiers of Salamis

    Soldiers of Salamis is a historical fiction novel written by Javier Cercas which centers on the founding member of Franco's Fascist Party who is about to be executed but he escapes into the forest. 

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    Elizabeth Zavala
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you only ever read one book about the Spanish Civil War, make it this one. It's thought-provoking and unusual. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
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    #41984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Sofía Cabrera
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "George Orwell’s 1984 features a dystopian future society where free thought is illegal and punishable by “vaporization” which is the act of erasing someone from history. Since the government controls all thought and all information, they can change it as they please, and can therefore change reality as they please. Most of the story is based around this idea that anything perceived as reality, is reality, while also drawing many parallels to Stalin’s tendency to erase people from existence and Karl Marx’s political writings."
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    #5Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid is a standalone historical fiction novel written by C.J. Sansom which centers on Harry Brett who is a spy for the British Secret Service and find himself in a dangerous situation.  

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    David Castro
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love this time period in Europe so this book seemed like a good match for me. It's a cool little spy novel, a little depressing but I don't mind that! Great read."
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    #6Franco: A Biography

    Franco: A Biography

    Franco: A Biography written by Paul Preston features an account of Generalissimo Francisco Franco's life, a Spanish general and dictator, and his impact on Spanish history. This book was published in 1995 by Basic Books.

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    Sue Yu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I wanted to learn more about Francisco Franco and his life. I thought this book would provide me with a good understanding of the way he lived and what he was able to accomplish. Unfortunately, this book is full of bias. I just couldn't get past the way the author was constantly ranting against Franco. I knew he was a flawed man with a lot of controversy, but the author wouldn't just leave it stand as facts. I didn't want to read his personal opinions."
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    #7Guernica

    Guernica

    Guernica is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Dave Boling which centers on Miguel Navarro who flees Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica after he finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard. 

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    Larry Pena
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "With a high star rating, it is a historical fiction book that happened during the Spanish Civil War. It has settings of the time during the war, and shows the traditions and culture of the times."
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    #8Spain in Our Hearts

    Spain in Our Hearts
    Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 is a non-fiction book written by Adam Hochschild which explains the different opinions engaged in the fight for Republican Spain.
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    Vincent Henderson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Spain in Our Hearts is a good read, probably one of the best books related to the Spanish Civil War. I learned some new things about that time and the book was very intersting."
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    #9The Assassin's Mark

    The Assassin's Mark

    The Assassin's Mark is a standalone historical fiction novel written by David Ebsworth which centers on rebel General Franco who joins a group of tourists on one of the War Route's yellow Chrysler buses.

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    Cheryl Castro
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Assassin's Mark is full of scene after scene of intrigue and adventure. I didn't know much about the Spanish Civil War beforehand so it was thrilling to read something that was exciting and educational at the same time. The author manages to blend a number of genres in a compelling way, all while making the time period and characters feel truly alive and vivid."
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    #10The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War

    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War
    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War is a play by the acclaimed writer, Ernest Hemingway, first published in 1938. Drawing from his own experiences during the war, Hemingway writes about war-torn Madrid.
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Best What are the best books related to the Spanish Civil War
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Spanish HolocaustBooks 40 Paid
2For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 36 Paid
3The Soldiers of SalamisBooks 34 Paid
41984Books 31 Paid
5Winter in MadridBooks 31 Paid
6Franco: A BiographyBooks 29 Paid
7GuernicaBooks 27 Paid
8Spain in Our HeartsBooks 25 Paid
9The Assassin's MarkBooks 23 Paid
10The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil WarBooks 14 Paid
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