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Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan

Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan

I can’t be 100% unbiased when it comes to this book – Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan. Tom is my tutor, I studied with him for my first year and again for this second year, the module on the Spanish Civil…

For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway

For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway

For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway is one of the classic books I wouldn’t have read if it wasn’t for me studying the Spanish Civil War. Well, I’m glad I read it. It has so many vivid descriptions, which are accurate even if…

Memories of Resistance by Shirley Mangini González

Memories of Resistance by Shirley Mangini González

Memories of Resistance by Shirley Mangini González – Women’s Voices from the Spanish Civil War – is another book I read for my studies. Well, the book promised a lot, with lots of quotes from biographies, letters, diaries, and oral testimonies. It was a huge…

Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb

Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb

I had high expectations from Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb* – The White European Slaves of Islam – but I had no idea how amazingly interesting it is. If you read only one non-fiction book this year, make it this one. What this book…

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond – The Women’s Section of the Falange, 1934-59 is a short but really interesting book on fascist women in the war. She took a lot of interviews and presents them in an unbiased way. I really enjoyed reading…

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

I had the Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall on my to-read list for a while. I saw the review for it on Kelly’s blog, I’ve decided to reserve the book at the library. The subtitle of the book is Ten Maps That Tell You…

Defying Male Civilization by Mary Nash

Defying Male Civilization by Mary Nash

I am reviewing today Defying Male Civilization by Mary Nash – Women in the Spanish Civil War. She doesn’t make any kind of analysis on the Nationalist women. I would have given 5 stars if the book had the subtitle: Republican Women in the Spanish…

Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell

Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell

Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell* – The Extraordinary Story Of The Britons Who Fought In The Spanish Civil War is the latest book I read on the Spanish Civil War. Last week I had my seminar and lecture on the International Brigades, so this was…

The Seamstress by María Dueñas

The Seamstress by María Dueñas

A friend recommended The Seamstress by María Dueñas when she heard that I’m studying the Spanish Civil War. This is a historical fiction novel, with the action taking place in the 1930s and 1940s Spain and Morocco. It is a story about a woman’s survival…

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

The book The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson* – Universal Lessons on Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Joy – sounds exactly like the sort of book I would read, if you have a look at the Philosophy section of this blog. I…

Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden

Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden

A book with the name Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden: Mapping the tunnels, transits and networks underneath our feet* sounds very interesting, isn’t it? If you think this, like I do, then you would love this book. It is a captivating read, offering a lot…

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne is part of the Cambridge Essential Histories and it offers a different perspective about the Spanish Civil War. Unlike the others historians who have a left-wing bias, he is, as far as I know, the only right-wing biased…

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros is book #30 in Our Mathematical World series by National Geographic. The first books seemed interesting, but not all in the series are equally interesting and there are 60 in total. But, this one was very nice. I’ve enjoyed…

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

I usually start reading a book and after that I search for the author on youtube to watch lectures, talks, or interviews. But Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford* was different. I saw on twitter that the author will have a virtual book launch and…

Cave Art by Paul Bahn

Cave Art by Paul Bahn

Cave Art by Paul Bahn* is, as the subtitle says: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe. I marked it as a travel guide because it offers a lot of details on where the caves are, when one can visit, prices, tours,…

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

I read the whole Matthew Shardlake series and enjoyed it. Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom is a stand alone novel, its history happening after the Spanish Civil War, in 1940. I had a short chat about the book with my tutor and he knows…