Anti-fas­cist fight­ers strug­gled to save Spain

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ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia and has writ­ten on sub­jects as di­verse as colo­nial­ism in Africa ( King Leopold’s Ghost) and Rus­sian mem­o­ries of Joseph Stalin ( The Un­quiet Ghost).

His writ­ing usu­ally fo­cuses on hu­man rights is­sues. He is clearly im­pressed with the ide­al­ism of the early Amer­i­can war­riors in Spain. But his sen­ti­ment does not over­whelm his anal­y­sis. Hochschild writes of the US vol­un­teers, largely or­gan­ised by the Com­mu­nist Party of the USA: None had the po­lit­i­cal per­spi­cac­ity of some­one like Ge­orge Or­well, and the fu­ture writ­ers among them were not the equals of vol­un­teers like him or An­dre Mal­raux. The Amer­i­cans in Spain win a place in his­tory not for who they were or what they wrote but for what they did. By the end there would be men from 46 states and all walks of life fight­ing there, but if there was a pro­to­typ­i­cal vol­un­teer, he was a New Yorker, a com­mu­nist, an im­mi­grant or the

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