The list author says: "Malraux's "Man's Hope" is certainly one of the better Civil War novels. Sender's Seven Red Sundays and Delibes The Stuff of Heroes are at least as good. Cela's San Camilo 1936 and Mazurka for two dead men I like a lot but find his writing difficult. The Franco side as far as I've seen in fiction anyway is probably best represented by Jose Maria Gironella. Both Miguel Delibes (Navy) and Camilo Jose Cela (Spanish Foreign Legion--later on Nobel prize winner) fought on the Nationalist side. Delibes would have been very young and his work over the years gives me the sense anyway that he feels he was on the wrong side - In "The stuff of heroes" which very directly deals with the war it almost seems autobiographical in nature - there is a litany of atrocities committed by both sides. Hemingway is Hemingway, and the eye-witness accounts are a mixed bag, but Laurie Lee is pretty readable."
"The brief dedication is worth sharing: "To the conscripts of 1937, all of whom lost something; their life, their freedom, their dreams, their hope, their decency. And not to the adventurers from abroad , Fascists and Marxists, who had their fill of killing Spaniards like rabbits and whom no one had invited to take part in our funeral.""
"Sansom moves backwards and forwards in time, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Spain in the early 1940s - grim Republican resistance to Franco's forces, the dilapidated state of Madrid after the civil war and the hatreds still blazing after the war."
"A memoir of Lee's year-long walk through Spain as a very young man (Lee was English) on the eve of the war. Does a good job of presenting the living conditions of the time. The book concludes with a very early battle between opposing militia on the southern coast"
"An eyewitness account from the Spanish Civil War. Originally published in 1937 it covers Cox's experiences as a newbie journalist in Madrid during the siege. A new edition came out in 2006 with a full introduction and examples of his newspaper reports"
"The beginning of the inside sleeve description says: "The author was a bomber and a fighter pilot for Franco from the beginning to the end of the Spanish Civil War with "the absolute conviction that we were fighting to prevent the total destruction of our Catholic faith and national traditions.""
"Durutti was a metal worker who aspired to be an anarchist bookshop proprietor. He became a revolutionary, one of the greatest anarchist leades that ever lived and inspired millions with his words and deeds. He dies in combat at the peak of the spanish civil war"