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Landis, Arthur H., THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE: A definitive history of the American volunteers who fought for the Spanish Republic,1936-1938. VG--/Good. Jacket in mylar. Jacket chipped, creased, scuffed, with 1/2" strip missing from bottom of jacket spine. Jacket in mylar. Rear hinge cracked but attached on book. Previous owner's signature on front end page (owner's name "Dr. Wm H. Landis", evidently a relative of author). (NY: The Citadel Press, 1967). THIS IS A SPECIALLY BOUND EDITION MADE FOR THE VETERANS OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE AND LIMITED TO 1500 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER: #842. Maps, photos, 50 pages of notes, bibliography, index, 677 pages.

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade is the definitive history of the American volunteers who fought in the 15th International Brigade (Lincoln) Brigade of the Spanish Republican Army, 1936-1939.
~~~ The Spanish Civil War was a bloody struggle fraught with significance not only for Spain but for the world. From Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy came money, troops, and equipment in support of the Rebels; from all over the world volunteers surged forward to aid the Republic in its fight against Fascism.
~~~ Among the volunteers were more than 3,300 Americans prepared to undergo the horrors of war and sacrifice their lives, if necessary. Many of them did.
~~~ This book describes the formation of the first Lincoln Battalion and related units. It examines the backgrounds of the men and women (nurses) who went to Spain and tells of their commitment to battle in seven of the major campaigns of the War. Every campaign in which the Lincoln Brigade participated, from its cruel baptism of fire at Jarama in February, 1937, to the last agonized days in 1938 when the Ebro front collapsed, is documented in explicit detail. Every battle is explored with a view to understanding the tides of victory and defeat and extent of American participation.

~~ Out of print. SCARCE.


Lawson, Don, , THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE: Americans Fighting Fascism in the Spanish Civil War. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. (NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1989). Photographs, bibliography, index, 160 pages.
~~~ Clarity, economy, extensive scholarship, and an intense passion for the subject characterize Lawson's outstanding account of Americans who participated in the Spanish Civil War ``to save Spanish democracy.'' Some 3000 Americans fought on the Loyalist, or Republican, side against Franco's Rebels, or Fascist Nationalists, between January 1937 and September 1938. Lawson notes that although many of the volunteers were members of the American Communist Party or were popuchiki (i.e., fellow travelers with the Party line), all were idealists willing to fight and die for their beliefs in freedom and democracy. Lengthy coverage is given to Robert Hale Merriman, a fascinating young man who led the Brigade, and his wife Marion, the Brigade's only female member. Merriman was the model for Robert Jordan, the hero of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. Lawson also succinctly examines Spanish history prior to the Civil War, delineates how this rehearsal for World War II began, and tells who the participants were. He goes on to discuss the major battles and campaigns in which the Abraham Lincoln Brigade took part. He does not slight the presence and importance of such personalities as Loyalist leader ``La Pasionaria'' Dolores Ibarurri and writers John Dos Passos, Vincent Sheean, Ernest Hemingway, and Martha Gellhorn. Although some readers may disagree with Lawson's conclusion that Spain could never have become a Communist dictatorship if the loyalists had won, the work is important. It is illustrated with a map and contemporary photographs.


Merriman, Marion and Warren Lerude (eds), AMERICAN COMMANDER IN SPAIN: Robert Hale Merriman and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. NF/NF. Jacket in mylar. (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1986). Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 255 pages.
~~~ This unique biography provides the reader with a rare view of Robert Hale Merriman, the first combat commander of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, and a major figure in the Spanish Civil War. According to John Kenneth Galbraith, Ernest Hemingway based his character Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls in part on Robert Merriman.
~~~ On the 50th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, Marion Merriman recounts how she and her husband Bob found their way to the anti-fascist fight in Europe in the late 1930s. Attracted to the Spanish loyalist cause to halt Franco, Merriman joined volunteers from 54 countries who organized themselves into the International Brigades. Despite his limited militrary training, Merriman became not only an important commander-in-chief, but also a well-respected leader.
~~~ While American Commander in Spain gives an account of a brave man who led his troops into battle, it also tells the story of the many other volunteers involved in the Spanish civil War. The only biography of Robert Hale Merriman, this book portrays a man who combined idealism and action to fight against the rising tide of fascism that threatened to sweep Europe.


Nelson, Cary and Jefferson Hendricks (eds), MADRID, 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. Slight crease to top of jacket spine. (Routledge, 1996). 624 pages.
~~~ Few topics in 20th century history generate as much interest as the Spanish Civil War. These letter from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade take us back to a time when 2800 Americans took up arms and confronted Hitler's Condor Legion, Mussolini's Black Shirts, and Franco's fascist calvary on the battlefields of Spain. Here are their combat experiences, the love letters they wrote under fire, friendships formed among themselves and with their Spanish comrades, and reports of Madrid and Barcelona undergoing history's first saturation bombing of civilian targets. It was the eve of World War II, and these men and women saw first-hand the danger facing the world. Madrid 1937 captures for the first time the thoughts, words and dreams of those who fought. ~~~ More than a collection of separate letters, Madrid 1937 gathers letters from many hands to tell a group story. Richly illustrated with over 50 color and black and white plates, this chronicle enables the reader to travel with the volunteers through France and Spain; visit the beseiged city of Madrid and walk the streets of Barcelona under fascist bombardment; experience the chaos of battle and the excitement of celebrations behind the lines; stand beside nurses and doctors as they struggle to save the lives of the wounded; and encounter famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Langston Hughes. Madrid 1937 tells a story of epic proportion, the struggle of a volunteer army who chose to risk their lives in the struggle against Fascism.
~~~ Currently in print at $135.


Neugass, James. Edited by Peter N. Carroll and Peter Glazer. WAR IS BEAUTIFUL: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War. NEW copy, hardcover in dust jacket. (New Press, 2008). Map, illustrations, 313 pages.
~~~ In 1937, James Neugass, a poet and novelist praised in the New York Times, joined 2,800 other passionate young Americans who traveled to Spain as part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade—an unlikely mix of artists, journalists, industrial workers, and intellectuals united in their desire to combat European fascism.
~~~ Although rumors persisted over the years that Neugass had written a memoir, the manuscript of War Is Beautiful, a nuanced and deeply poetic chronicle of his service as an ambulance driver, did not come to light for sixty years, until a bookseller discovered it among papers in a New England house once occupied by the radical critic and editor Max Eastman. The memoir combines fast-paced accounts of darting onto battlefields to pick up the wounded with elegiac renderings of days spent “on alert” in an ever-changing series of sharply observed Spanish towns, enduring that most difficult of wartime activities: waiting.
~~~ Published now for the first time, War Is Beautiful is poised to take its place alongside works by Erich Maria Remarque, Irčne Némirovsky, Wilfred Owen, and George Orwell as a transcendent contemporaneous rendering of wartime life. It includes some of Neugass’s own photos taken while in Spain.
~~~ From Library Journal: "Elegant prose, brutal description, and a wry sense of humor characterize this journal by a poet and aspiring fiction writer during his months as a Spanish civil war volunteer in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Although a part of history largely ignored in favor of World War II, the Spanish civil war was a testing ground for German, Italian, and Russian political and territorial ambitions, as well as a passionate cause for idealists, Communists, and anti-Fascists. Neugass records his observations with prescience and an eye to posterity. After returning from Spain, he sought to have his journal published but failed to do so before his untimely death in 1949. The typescript, only recently found, has been edited and annotated by two board members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. They fill in details about Neugass's comrades and add notes that put his remarks in context. Although Neugass served for only about five months in 1937-38, he saw the fall of the Spanish Republic to the better-equipped Fascist forces under General Franco. This valuable addition to Spanish civil war history also attests to the timelessness of a soldier's wartime emotions-the boredom, excitement, fear, pain, and loss."


Rosenstone, Robert. CRUSADE OF THE LEFT : The Lincoln Battalion and the Spanish Civil War. VG/VG. Minor wear on jacket. (Pegasus Books, 1969). 415 pages.

~~~ Between 1936 and 1938, some 3,000 young Americans sailed to France and crossed the Pyrenees to take part in the brutal civil war raging in Spain. Virtually all joined the International Brigades, formed under the auspices of the Soviet-led Comintern and largely directed by Communists. Yet a large number were not Communists; their activism was inspired by domestic and international crises of the 1930s, and colored by idealism Th e men who went to Spain came out of a radical subculture that emerged from the Depression and the New Deal. Th is radicalism was a native plant, but it was nourished from abroad. In the thirties the menace of fascism seemed to be spreading like cancer across Europe, giving an international aspect to many domestic problems in the United States. To intellectuals, students, unionists, liberals, and leftists, the threat of fascism was so real that many came to believe that if it was not stopped in Spain, eventually they would have to take up arms against fascism at home. To understand the Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War it is necessary to bury some of the shibboleths of cold war years. Dissidence in the United States occurs in response to perceptions of reality on this side of the Atlantic, not because of the wishes of men in the Soviet Union. The members of the Lincoln Battalion were genuine products of America, and their story is properly a page in American military and political history. From them, one can learn much about the world of the 1930s and perhaps even something about the potential of modern man for thought and action in time of crisis.

~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT. Paperback currently in print at $34.95.


Brome, Vincent. THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: Spain 1936-1939. VG/VG. First edition. Clean, tight volume in lightly chipped jacket. (NY: William Morrow and Company, 1966. Map on endpages, photographs, bibliography, index, 317 pages.

~~~ An even thirty years after the call to arms, there is the first general account of the volunteers for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. From forty nations, forty thousand men of vastly different political persuasions -- adventurers, soldiers of fortune, intellectuals turned men of action, writers, poets, and journalists -- poured into the International Brigades. Was this human response to the Spanish crisis the last crusade in a tradition which the H-bomb has now destroyed? Or was it jsut another inspired move in the international political game? These are two of the basic questions that inform this vivid reconstruction of an exceptional experience, one that draws heavily for its authority upon the words, present and past, of the participants themselves.

"The great virtue of Vincent Brome's book is his awareness that the truth of the brigades was realized in these men . . . always readable and often deeply moving . . . just in spirit, paying homage to what was magnificent in the Brigades, but no concealing the blots. " ~~ Stephen Spender


click to enlarge Garcia, Jose and Lucas Molina Franco. ARMS OF THE SPANISH REPUBLIC: A Nationalist Overview, 1938. NEW copy, trade paperback. (AF Editions, 2007) 64 pages of black & white photographs and color profiles, 7x10, 64 pages.


Hughes, Ben. THEY SHALL NOT PASS: The British Battalion at Jarama--- The Spanish Civil War. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Osprey, 2011). 35 illustrations, 9 maps, appendices, bibliography, index, 288 pages.

~~~In 1937 a small group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight the dark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama, just south of Madrid, these British soldiers achieved the first ever victory against the fascist forces under Franco. Here, Hughes uses breathtaking first-hand accounts to piece together a stunning reconstruction of the battle of Jarama, presenting a blow-by-blow account of the fighting.


click to enlarge Hurst, Steve. FAMOUS FACES OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: Writers and Artists in the Conflict, 1936-1939. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2010) 16 pages of black & white plates, 6x9, 240 pages.


Larios, Captain Jose. COMBAT OVER SPAIN: Memoirs of a Nationalist Fighter Pilot, 1936-1939. VG/VG. First edition. Clean, tight volume in lightly chipped jacket (chipping chiefly on spine head). Book itself clean and tight. Former owner's signature in ink and small return address label on upper corner of front end page. (NY: Macmillan, 1966). First Edition. Photos, two different maps on end pages, appendix, index, 308 pages.
~~~ Photo of author's biplaine laid in.


Neugass, James. Edited by Peter N. Carroll and Peter Glazer. WE SAW SPAIN DIE: Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War. NEW copy, hardcover in dust jacket. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2009). 448 pages.
~~~ From 1936 to 1939, the eyes of the world were fixed on the devastating Spanish conflict that drew both professional war correspondents and great writers. Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Josephine Herbst, Martha Gellhorn, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Kim Philby, George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, André Malraux, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, and others wrote eloquently about the horrors they saw firsthand.
~~~ Together, with many great and now largely forgotten journalists, they put their lives on the line, discarding professionally dispassionate approaches and keenly espousing the cause of the partisans. Facing censorship, they fought to expose the complacency with which the decision-makers of the West were appeasing Hitler and Mussolini. Many campaigned for the lifting of non-intervention, revealing the extent to which the Spanish Republic had been betrayed. Peter Preston’s exhilarating account illuminates the moment when war correspondence came of age.
~~~ From Library Journal: "Preston presents a scholarly analysis of the influence of various journalists on the public perception of the Spanish civil war. Although many may see the war as fascism vs. communism (a no-win combination for most in the Western democracies), Preston shows that the struggle was much more complicated. He reconstructs the passion that led these journalists to pursue the truth, discussing well-known (e.g., Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Viriginia Cowles) and lesser-known (e.g., Louis Fischer, George Steer, Jay Allen) correspondents. These courageous journalists (akin to the embedded journalists of today) endured unrelenting censorship and privation. Preston resurrects their contributions and reputations and allows us to see a more uncensored view of the war than what existed at the time."


Thomas, Gordon & Max Morgan Witts,. GUERNICA: The Crucible of World War II. Stein and Day, 1975. VG/VG. First edition. Clean, tight volume in lightly chipped jacket. Photos, notes, appendices, index, 319 pages.