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Alvah Bessie, Edited by Dan Bessie
128 pages, 5 x 8, illus, cloth, University of Kentucky Press
Blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Alvah Bessie, praised by both Time and The Nation as one of the finest chroniclers of the Spanish Civil War, was a foot soldier in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. During his training and service in 1938, he kept detailed notebooks that described everything from his battlefield experiences, his work on the battalion newspaper, and morale among the troops to his meetings with Ernest Hemingway. Not simply a combat record, Bessie's notebooks also diagram loyalist and fascist positions and record the soldiers' favorite songs, their opinions of their officers, and their feelings about politics and the conduct of the war. Lending a fresh perspective to one of the most important conflicts of the 1930s, Alvah Bessie's Spanish Civil War Notebooks provides insight into the highly ideological nature of what many have called the last great cause.

About 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.

“Alvah Bessie’s notebooks give immediacy and historical basis to his Men in Battle yet stand alone as a readable record not only of Bessie’s activities but also of his impressions of the moment.”—Edward M. Coffman
“An interesting account of the Spanish Civil War, and the author’s frankness and the narrative’s sense of immediacy recommend it.”—Journal of Military History
“A valuable record which offers a useful corrective to the sometimes hagiographic literature of the Spanish Civil War.”—Canadian Military History
“Offers an unexpurgated account of the life of a soldier during war.”—Bulletin of Spanish Studies
Price: 16.00 USD



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