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Hell and Good Company Audiobook

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

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Publisher's Summary

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause--defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war--and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth.

The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: The doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II and for the entire twentieth century.

From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, listeners have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now he takes us onto battlefields and into bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain changed the world forever.

©2015 Richard Rhodes (P)2015 Simon and Schuster

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    Ellen 05-22-15
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    "Fascinating history lesson"

    Enjoyed the story, performance and learned much about a period that I knew very little about before selecting this title. Recommended by a friend and five star worthy!

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    John 09-26-15
    John 09-26-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Spanish Civil War. ...texture and context"

    A book about the texture and context of the war, not events. Excellent and gap-filling

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    R. G. Shalhoub Medford, MA, United States 07-25-15
    R. G. Shalhoub Medford, MA, United States 07-25-15 Member Since 2015

    Dually addicted bookie. Read and listen to most books together. If I don't like reader of audible I dump it and move on.

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    "The Spanish Civil War live on it's feet"
    What made the experience of listening to Hell and Good Company the most enjoyable?

    The writer's courage and enthusiasm for bringing us a different slice of this important civil war


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell and Good Company?

    The writer's ability to create the feeling of adventure and comraderie...and inexperience of the American idealists who fought in Spain against facism...


    What about Christian Coulson’s performance did you like?

    Consistent energy and voice who handles the Spanish accents quite well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I still find reading about this intense civil war to be paintful and exciting to a degree that I appreciated taking R & R.


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    Solon 07-02-15
    Solon 07-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good book ..."

    Rhodes does a great job of mixing his narrative with the memories and recollections of the actual protagonists.

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    Stephen 03-21-15
    Stephen 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting but not compelling"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It was a so what book for me.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Rhodes’s story?

    I didn't feel that I learned anything.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Coulson’s performance?

    Maybe the book was underwhelming because listening to an Englishman pronounce Spanish words is like a fingernail across a blackboard. The producer could have at least found a reader fluent in Spanish for the audio.


    Do you think Hell and Good Company needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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