New York Times bestseller
"Excellent and involving . . . What makes [Hochschild's] book so intimate and moving is its human scale." —Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Full of telling details and vignettes that capture great human drama." —Wall Street Journal
In the late 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a right-wing coup led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today, it is mostly remembered through just a few classic accounts. With Spain in Our Hearts, Adam Hochschild has unearthed new and overlooked voices, and he weaves their stories together to reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war. Alongside soldiers, journalists, and medics, we meet a fiery nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who rerouted her honeymoon to end up settling in revolutionary Barcelona; a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid; a swashbuckling Texas oilman whose support for Franco may have helped decide the fate of the war; and many more unforgettable characters. Immediately hailed as “captivating” (New York Times Book Review) and “the best introduction to the conflict” (New Republic), Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.