War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War

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$26.95  $24.79
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New Press
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Pages
314
Dimensions
6.22 X 9.46 X 1.02 inches | 1.34 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781595584274

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About the Author

Peter Glazer is an associate professor of directing and performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a professional director and playwright and sits on the executive committee of the governing board of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. He is a co-editor (with Peter N. Carroll) of War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War (The New Press). Born in New Orleans, James Neugass (1905-1949) attended Yale, Harvard, and Oxford and worked as a book reviewer, shoe salesman, social worker, and fencing coach before shipping off to Spain. His novel Rain of Ashes was accepted for publication shortly before his death in 1949 of a heart attack in the Sheridan Square subway station. His wartime journal was published posthumously as War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War (The New Press) in 2008. Peter N. Carroll has taught history at Stanford University since 1983. He is a co-editor (with Peter Glazer) of War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War (The New Press).

Reviews

Elegant prose, brutal description, and a wry sense of humor characterize this journal by a poet and aspiring fiction writer during his months as a Spanish civil war volunteer in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Although a part of history largely ignored in favor of World War II, the Spanish civil war was a testing ground for German, Italian, and Russian political and territorial ambitions, as well as a passionate cause for idealists, Communists, and anti-Fascists. Neugass records his observations with prescience and an eye to posterity. After returning from Spain, he sought to have his journal published but failed to do so before his untimely death in 1949. The typescript, only recently found, has been edited and annotated by two board members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade comrades and add notes that put his remarks in context. Although Neugass served for only about five months in 1937-38, he saw the fall of the Spanish Republic to the better-equipped Fascist forces under General Franco. This valuable addition to Spanish civil war history also wartime emotions-the boredom, excitement, fear, pain, and loss. Published in time for the 70th anniversary of the Great Retreats of the Republican forces, this work is highly recommended for academic libraries and libraries with Spanish civil war collections. [See "LJ 9/1/08.-Ed.]-Maria C. Bagshaw, Knowledge & Information Resources, Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, MN