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The Battle for Spain


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Publication coincides with 70th anniversary of start of the civil war Sales of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL over two and a half million copies pb of author's SPANISH CIVIL WAR sold 18,000 copies a year 'It is a rare book which cannot be supplemented, and Antony Beevor writes with insight, skill and an admirably pithy style both in narrative and characterisation.' John Keegan in the Sunday Times. 'Bold, clean driving narrative.' The Times Literary Supplement. 'Lucid, expert and even-handed.' The Economist. BBC 'Timewatch' (BBC2) planning documentary. Nine weeks at No 1 in Spanish bestseller lists Awarded 2005 La Vanguardia Prize for Non-Fiction in Spain

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Antony Beevor served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL have been translated into 25 languages and won a plethora of the major prizes. His latest work, A WRITER AT WAR - VASILY GROSSMAN WITH THE RED ARMY 1941-1945, is an edition, with his Russian researcher, Dr Luba Vinogradova, of Grossman's wartime notebooks. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France, Beevor has been chairman of Society of Authors; he is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is married to the writer Artemis Cooper.


'he has produced a moving masterpiece of the indictment of war.' -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto THE TLS 'Fascination lies in the human drama, superbly captured by Beevor... a vivid chronicle of a dreadful time and place.' -- Max Hastings THE SUNDAY TIMES 'he is also very good on the political manoeuvrings of this most intensely ideological of conflicts.' -- Andrew Roberts THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'it is an admirably clear-sighted account... a great achievement.' -- Miranda France THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'the story he tells is grimly familiar but he presents it with a freshness, an eye for detail and a degree of detachment that makes this one of the best accounts to date of the Spanish crisis.' -- Richard Overy THE EVENING STANDARD 'This is an enthralling bok. The narrative is masterly, wonderfully clear as a guide through the labyrinth. It is even-tempered and full of good sense.' -- Allan Massie THE LITERARY REVIEW 'To appreciate the magnitude of that rapid and extraordinary achievement, do read Antony Beevor's account of the bubbling cauldron of horror from which Spain escaped.' -- Tom Rosenthal THE DAILY MAIL 'clear prose, peppered with fresh perceptions, especially where strategy, tactics, and soldiers are concerned.' -- Paul Preston THE TIMES Antony Beevor has produced an absorbing re-working of the book he originally wrote in 1982 -- Paul Callan THE DAILY EXPRESS 'It is powerfully brought to life, not only by his practical grasp but by often graphic material found recently in Spanish, German, and particularly, Russian archives. -- Jeremy Treglown THE FINANCIAL TIMES 'it's his most impressive book to date beacause he coolly makes sense of such a complicated story: the narrative sweep is consummate, the seamless use of so many sources masterful, and the eye for details makes it a superb read.' -- Simon Sebag Montefiore THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 'BATTLE FOR SPAIN is this summer's corking military history... essential if you're going Iberian.' -- David Sexton THE EVENING STANDARD 'it looks destined to become the definitive popular work on the war.' -- ROB STOKES SPAIN MAGAZINE 'his characteristically excellent book' -- Barrie Clement TRIBUNE 'For the big picture of the war, all the more powerful for its blending of narrative intensity with emotional restraint, there is no rival to Antony Beevor's masterly, THE BATTLE FOR SPAIN' -- Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT 'Beevor's account of the war is a valuable work for anyone wishing to understand the complexities and contradictions of modern Spain.' -- Kim Bielenberg THE IRISH INDEPENDENT 'a brilliant account of the battle for Spain' -- Dermot Bolger IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 'essential reading' -- Raymond Carr THE SPECTATOR

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