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Created by John Eipper on 11/12/19 4:02 AM

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Sir Paul Preston's Latest (Enrique Torner, USA, 11/12/19 4:02 am)

I want to congratulate Paul Preston for his latest book, Un pueblo traicionado...

Upon doing some searching, I can't find the original English version, though in the Spanish version it includes the name of the translator, so Paul must have written it in English first. This makes me wonder whether his book has actually been published in English at all or not. Sometimes, a Spanish publisher will beat the foreign publisher and publish the translation of a book before the original is published. Is this the case, or am I missing something?

Anyway, I am looking forward to getting my hands on his new book, so I will be adding this book of his and others that my school library doesn't have to the list of books I will be submitting for them to purchase. I am the library liaison for the Spanish department, and November 13 is my deadline. If anybody in WAIS would like to recommend any books for me to order, I'll be glad to add them!

And, by the way, as my friend Eugenio Battaglia stated, Franco was not a fascist: well, at least not all the time. My friend and WAISer Stanley Payne (my first-ever contact with a WAIS member and the one who referred me to David Pike for information regarding Mauthausen, who later invited me to join this Forum), an expert on fascism (he published a book on the subject), in his book España, una historia única, states that "the majority of experts conclude that the Spanish regime was not intrinsically fascist, though it had fascist traits (during a symposium held in Madrid, Paul Preston ironically stated that 'Franco was not a fascist, but something much worse')."  (my translation)

I wonder how Paul will react upon reading that in here! Stanley Payne later defends that the defascistization (boy, what a word; I hope I spelled it correctly!) started in August of 1943, one month after the fall of Mussolini. By then, it was becoming clear that, whether Germany won the war or not, fascism would not end up winning, and the Spanish regime started moderating their political position.

JE comments:  Enrique, your hunch is correct:  Paul Preston's A People Betrayed comes out in the UK (in English) in February):


As for "Franco was worse than a Fascist," Paul said exactly these words on WAIS last week:


Regarding book orders, Enrique, I hope there's still time before tomorrow's deadline.  Add the latest title to arrive at WAIS HQ:  Sasha Pack's The Deepest Border:  The Strait of Gibraltar and the Making of the Modern Hispano-African Borderland (Stanford UP, 2019).  Many congrats to Sasha!  Details to follow.


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