Anti-fascist fighters struggled to save Spain
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