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War Is Beautiful : An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War

Neugass, James - Edited By Peter N. Carroll & Peter Glazer

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ISBN 10: 1595584277 / ISBN 13: 9781595584274
Published by New Press, New York, New York, 2008
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SIGNED by BOTH EDITORS, Peter N. Carroll & Peter Glazer, on title page - First Edition - First Printing - 314 pages - DJ in CLEAR, ARCHIVAL BRODART COVER - NOT PRICE CLIPPED - NOT REMAINDER - NO SIGN OF PRIOR OWNER - flawless - New Press 2008 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006160

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Title: War Is Beautiful : An American Ambulance ...

Publisher: New Press, New York, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Editor

Edition: First Edition - First Printing.

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In 1937, James Neugass joined 2,800 other passionate young Americans who travelled to Spain as part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Although rumour has persisted over the years that Neugass had written a memoir, it was not until recently that the manuscript for 'War is Beautiful' was unearthed.


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 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 wartime emotions—the boredom, excitement, fear, pain, and loss. Published in time for the 70th anniversary of the Great Retreats of the Republican forces, this work is highly recommended for academic libraries and libraries with Spanish civil war collections. [See "LJ 9/1/08.—Ed.]—Maria C. Bagshaw, Knowledge & Information Resources, Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, MN

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