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The Mexican Suitcase

In 2007 a hoard of precious negatives turned up in Mexico.
A large quantity of negatives put into the hands of a Spanish general towards the end of the Spanish Civil War and transported to Mexico, where they sat in a cupboard for the next 75 odd years.
They were the works of David Seymour "Chim", Robert Capa, and his paramour Gerda Tara, who was killed during the conflict.
There is an excellent documentary and a 750 page book, both with the same name.

The Aura of the Cause : A Photo Album for North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War
by Cary Nelson

Arms for Spain : The Untold Story of the Spanish Civil War
by Gerald Howson

Britain and the Spanish Civil War
by Tom Buchanan
Comrades: Tales of a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War
by Harry Fisher, Pete Seeger
Harry Fisher, a young labor organizer during the depression years, was one of some 3,000 Americans to join the cause of the loyalist government when civil war broke out in Spain in 1936. Assigned to the Lincoln Battalion, which would later become the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (and, the author notes, the first racially integrated unit in American military history), Fisher fought in several key engagements against the fascists, including the bloody battle of Jarama. He emerged from the war scarred but alive, unlike most of the young Americans who populate the pages of his memoir, nearly all of them killed in action for a cause they knew was right--but also doomed to failure. Anger, Fisher writes, motivated him to assemble his memoirs--anger that, as he puts it, "countless U.S. administrations have treated us like pariahs, President Reagan even commenting once that the Lincolns fought on the wrong side in the Spanish Civil War!" Yet what emerges from his pages is not so much anger as a gentle, and often good-humored, homage to the young men who fought at his side--and even some kind tributes to his former enemies, who, he writes, "were just kids who happened to live in territory controlled by the fascists, kids who would surely have preferred soccer games to war." A highlight comes at the end of the narrative, when Fisher recounts a trip to Spain in 1996 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Lincoln Brigades' founding. His book is a solid contribution to histories of the period, worthy of a place alongside Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. --Gregory McNamee -
Paperback: 231 pages
Univ of Nebraska Pr; ISBN: 0803268998; 
Deadly Embrace: Morocco and the Road to the Spanish Civil War
by Sebastian Balfour
Listed under Morocco

Defying Male Civilization : Women in the Spanish Civil War (Women and Modern Revolutions Series)
by Mary Nash
Doves of War: Four Women of Spain
Doves of War: Four Women of Spain
by Paul Preston
Book Description: Much has been written about the Spanish Civil War's effects on Spain and its citizens, but little attention has been paid to the women involved in the conflict. In this beautifully written biographical work, Paul Preston tells the forgotten war stories of four exceptional women of different nationalities, backgrounds, and ideologies whose lives were starkly altered by the war. 

The portraits in this provocative, yet objective volume mirror the war itself, with the left pitted against the right. On the left side are Margarita Nelken, the revolutionary feminist, writer, and politician who is juggling anxieties for her son and daughter with her frantic efforts to strengthen the Republican war effort against Franco; and Nan Green, the communist nurse who left her children behind in England to fight against fascism alongside her husband in the International Brigades. On the right side are Mercedes Sanz Bachiller, who, devastated by a miscarriage on hearing of her husband's death in battle, entered politics and became the most powerful woman in the Francoist zone; and Priscilla Scott-Ellis, the wealthy English socialite who traveled to Spain in the naïve hope of marrying the Spanish prince she so unrequitedly loved, and stayed to help the fascist war effort as a nurse on the front lines. 

Drawing on documentary material, letters, diaries, and memoirs, Preston follows the four from birth to death to show how, as women, wives, and mothers, they were affected by the political struggles of the 1930s, and how their lives were traumatized and forever changed by the Spanish Civil War and its consequences. Despite their different nationalities, social origins, and beliefs, these remarkable women are linked by their courage, determination, intelligence, compassion, and readiness to make personal sacrifices for others. 

These dramatic, poignant, and vivid portraits offer a fresh perspective on the experiences of women in the Spanish Civil War and shed new light on the emotional cost of the conflict that is often viewed as the last war fought for ideals.
from Northeastern University Press
ISBN: 1555535607

The Ebro 1938 : Death Knell of the Republic (Campaign Series , No 60)
by Chris Henry, Adam Hook (Photographer).
The last major Republican offensive of the Spanish Civil War during which the Republic's armies lost vast amounts of men and materials, and additionally, under pressure from France and Britain the International Brigades were withdrawn. Franco's ultimate victory created another powerful fascist state; Britain's and France's failure to intervene convinced Hitler he could invade Czechoslovakia unopposed, ultimately hastening the outbreak of World War 2.
Paperback - 96 pages (March )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855327384

The Fifth Column : And Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War
by Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
" of the best war novels of the 20th century."

Heart of Spain : Robert Capa's Photographs of the Spanish Civil War
by Robert Capa (Photographer), et al
Robert Capa first gained recognition for the images he made during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This volume is the first to be devoted entirely to the finest of these images. In 1936, the move by Generalissimo Franco and an alliance of Monarchists and Fascists to overthrow the Spanish government mobilized anti-Fascist forces from around the world. Like many others outside Spain, Capa felt he had a responsibility to support the anti-Fascist cause, and drew worldwide attention to the fight through his photographs. Capa personalized the struggle of the Spanish loyalists, illuminated the strength and courage of the soldiers who carried on against insufferable odds; and galvanized compassion for the innocent and injured. John Steinbeck praised Capa for his ability to "show the horror of a whole people in the face of a child". His iconic photograph of a Spanish loyalist, which shocked the world with its intimacy and drama, epitomizes the power and sensitivity of his accomplishment.
Listed under Robert Capa

Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
"I wonder what is the appropriate first action when you come from a country at war and set foot on peaceful soil. Mine was to rush to the tobacco-kiosk and buy as many cigars and cigarettes as I could stuff into my pockets." Most war correspondents observe wars and then tell stories about the battles, the soldiers and the civilians. George Orwell--novelist, journalist, sometime socialist--actually traded his press pass for a uniform and fought against Franco's Fascists in the Spanish Civil War during 1936 and 1937. He put his politics and his formidable conscience to the toughest tests during those days in the trenches in the Catalan section of Spain. Then, after nearly getting killed, he went back to England and wrote a gripping account of his experiences, as well as a complex analysis of the political machinations that led to the defeat of the socialist Republicans and the victory of the Fascists.
Paperback: Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156421178; (September 1987)

International Brigades in Spain 1936-39 Elite 53
ISBN: 1855323672

The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War
by Peter N. Carroll
Paperback: 440 pages
Stanford Univ Pr; ISBN: 0804722773; 

The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade : Americans in the Spanish Civil War
by Peter N. Carroll

The Spanish Civil War
by Antony Beevor
Paperback: 320 pages
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0141001488; Reissue edition (July 3, )

The Spanish Cockpit: An Eyewitness Account of the Spanish Civil War
by Franz Borkenau, Hugh Thomas (Introduction)

The Spanish Civil War (Modern Library War) [ABRIDGED]
by Hugh Thomas

The Spanish Civil War : Revolution and Counterrevolution
by Burnett Bolloten
(Hardcover - February 1991)

The Spanish Labyrinth : An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Civil War
by Gerald Brenan
(Paperback - February 1991)

Spain Betrayed : The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War (Annals of Communism)
by Ronald Radosh (Editor), et al

The Tree of Life : Stories of Civil War
by Mario Bencastro, et al

To Tilt at Windmills : A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War
by Fred A. Thomas

Shouts from the Wall : Posters and Photographs Brought Home from the Spanish Civil War by American Volunteers
by Cary Nelson
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