Hell and good company The Spanish Civil War and the world it made
Sound recording - 2015
"Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author Richard Rhodes relates 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 (1936-1939) 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 t...ime 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 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. 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" --
- The overthrown past. News arrives of the deaths of others ; Today the burning city lights itself ; The hero's red flag is laid across his eyes ; Bombs falling like black pears
- Dream and lie of Franco. Fandangos of shivering owls ; A valley in Spain called Jarama ; The old homestead ; Not everybody's daily life ; A sea of suffering and death ; Cuckoo idealists ; Heads down and hope
- The thing that is trying to ruin the world. Only the Devil knows ; History to the defeated
- The fall of the curtain.