Franco : A Biography, Paperback
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Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican government in the Spanish Civil War until his quiet death in 1975, is the subject of this book.

The biography presents a mass of new and unknown material about its subject, the fruits of research in the archives of six countries and a plethora of interviews with key figures.

Paul Preston is the author of "The Triumph of Democracy in Spain" and "The Spanish Civil War 1936-9".




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It is harder to write a biography of a dull man than an interesting one. This biography was very hard work, but is admirable in the depth of the portrait, and the research. Perforce, it is a history of Spain from 1924 to 1975, and quite well done. The lesser characters are often much more fun, and Serrano Suner has a lot of my sympathy, now. The tripod upon which Franco based his tyranny is well described.PP finds nothing to report about FF than his very strong drive to power, and a very high level of egocentricity and optimism. It is certainly a good book for those who are interested in how to manipulate large powers from an inferior base.The book was originally published in 1993.