Franco by Paul Preston
A Biography

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To many, Generalissimo Francisco Franco was Spain incarnate. This is a definitive portrait of the complex, elusive man credited with saving Spain from both the communists and Hitler, modernizing the country, and orchestrating the Spanish economic miracle of the 1960s. 32 photos.
 

About Paul Preston

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Paul Preston is Principe de Asturias Professor of Iberian History at the LSE, and was head of the International History Department there for several years. He is regarded as the leading historian of twentieth-century Spain alive.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD. 960 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Franco entered the fight late, but secured help from fascist Germany and Italy early, securing his place ahead of the other Nationalists fighting against the legally elected Republican government.

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Protraits From The Spanish Civil War By Paul Preston HarperCollins £19.99, pp395 Observer price £16.99 0500 500 171 A few weeks ago, at the height of the controversy about British participation in the Balkan war, Correlli Barnett, the military expert, wrote a letter to the newspapers a...

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Preston's definitive, gripping biography of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, ``the least known of the great dictators of the twentieth century,'' penetrates the wall of secrecy, propaganda and myths surrounding the fascist demagogue.

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The Independent

While correcting dozens of mistakes by earlier Franco biographers, some mere hagiographers, Preston also nails the most successful lie in the Francoist canon - one swallowed whole by Churchill - that it was the caudillo's statesmanship and perspicacity that kept Spain out of the Second World War.

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The Independent

Preston tells us too little, I think, about the nature of the oppression by which Franco maintained his authority, and is skimpy about the character of the Falange: but every now and then in this book, even in its last chapters, the Caudillo does something - orders an immediate execution, summari...

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London Review of Books

His 39 years of dictatorship, first as Nationalist supreme commander in the Civil War of 1936-9 and then as Caudillo – God-given leader – of Spain until his death in 1973, leave even his runner-up, Salazar of Portugal, well behind (32), and far outstrip his enemy Stalin (25) and his allies Mussol...

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