Hell And Good Company: The Spanish Civil War And The World It Made

Hell And Good Company: The Spanish Civil War And The World It Made

Synopsis

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, “The most extraordinary book about the Spanish Civil War ever encountered” (The Washington Post).

The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause—defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war—and the brutality of the conflict inspired 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 during this time. Progress arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and frontline 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.

From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, readers have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now, he takes us into battlefields and bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain and changed the world forever. “Hell and Good Company is vivid and emotive…thrilling reading” (The Wall Street Journal).

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Chapters

  • Hell&GoodCompany 01 OPEN
    Duration: 47s
  • Hell&GoodCompany 02 Preface
    Duration: 07min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 03 Ch1
    Duration: 19min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 04 Ch1a
    Duration: 18min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 05 Ch2
    Duration: 12min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 06 Ch2a
    Duration: 20min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 07 Ch3
    Duration: 19min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 08 Ch3a
    Duration: 16min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 09 Ch4
    Duration: 16min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 10 Ch4a
    Duration: 15min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 11 Ch5
    Duration: 21min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 12 Ch5a
    Duration: 18min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 13 Ch6
    Duration: 21min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 14 Ch6a
    Duration: 17min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 15 Ch7
    Duration: 29min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 16 Ch7a
    Duration: 19min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 17 Ch8
    Duration: 22min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 18 Ch8a
    Duration: 15min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 19 Ch9
    Duration: 25min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 20 Ch9a
    Duration: 16min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 21 Ch10
    Duration: 15min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 22 Ch10a
    Duration: 21min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 23 Ch11
    Duration: 18min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 24 Ch11a
    Duration: 24min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 25 Ch12
    Duration: 14min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 26 Ch12a
    Duration: 16min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 27 Ch13
    Duration: 22min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 28 Ch13a
    Duration: 14min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 29 EPILOGUE
    Duration: 11min
  • Hell&GoodCompany 30 CLOSE
    Duration: 01min

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