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Synopsis: From an American perspective, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade is arguably the most famous group of soldiers to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Hollywood screenwriter Alvah Bessie (who was later blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten) was a foot soldier with the Brigade and kept a riveting handwritten diary of his activities in four pocket notebooks. Carefully transcribed for the first time, these journals begin with his arrival in Spain in January of 1938, then depict his training, battlefield experiences, work on the battalion newspaper, and departure almost a year later. This never before published raw material formed the basis of Bessie's classic 1939 book Men in Battle, but in several ways these journals are even more vivid than that memoir. Bessie's notebooks reflect the fast pace of a soldier's life as he jots down impressions, often while under fire. He and his comrades stumble into a fascist camp and must flee for their lives. They endure the shelling and bombing from the forces commanded by General Francisco Franco. Ernest Hemingway visits to provide moral support and cigarettes. The squad must lead Spanish recruits as young as fifteen into a sea of deadly fire. Bessie learns that his best friend has been killed. Not simply a combat record, the notebooks also record songs the soldiers sang, diagrams of loyalist and fascist positions and combat formations, arguments among the men about politics and the conduct of the war, opinions of their officers, and the desire of many to go home. Alvah Bessie's Spanish Civil War Notebooks lend a fresh perspective to one of the most important conflicts of the 1930s, and to a historically crucial opening chapter of World War II.
About the Author: Alvah Bessie is best known today as a member of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted in the 1950s. He died in 1985. Dan Bessie is, like his father, a screenwriter, as well as a film director. The author of Rare Birds, he lives in California's Sierra foothills.
Title: Alvah Bessie's Spanish Civil War Notebooks
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Book Condition: Acceptable
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Seller Inventory # S-313-08
Book Description University Press of Kentucky Jan-02. Hardcover. Condition: Used - Good. Binding, covers and pages are in good condition. This means there is a small amount of wear, creases and/or scuffing. Inscription on cover page reads, 'For Shelle - On behalf of Alvah, who would certainly sign this if he could. Dan Bessie' (author's son and editor) We are a Howard Co., Maryland-based brick-and-mortar store with over 45,000 volumes. Satisfaction Guaranteed!! NOTE: International shipping may be subject to additional charges. Seller Inventory # 194101
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0813122147
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020813122147
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110813122147
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0813122147
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, U.S.A., 2002. Hardcover. Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Unmarked, seems new & unused, illustrated board covers, bright gilt titling on cloth to spine, no jacket as issued, map of where Lincoln Battalion fought in Spain to endpapers. We post daily Mon-Sat. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 007511
Book Description University Press of Kentucky, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0813122147