Virtually a day-by-day account of Spain's simultaneous courtship, -political and economic, of Axis and the western allies, between 1939 and the war's end. The ""battle"" is reported from both camps, and reflects the changes of attitude with the tides of war. First, the period of appeasing, the cutting off of oil supplies, the resumption of trade and good will with the approach of the North African invasion, while Franco veers toward the Axis with a view to empire extracted from British and French possessions. There is a detailed- somewhat dull- account of America's attempts to monopolize Spain's wolfram reserves and other raw materials needed by Germany. With Allied victory in sight, Spain conceded more to the Allies overtly, while sustaining their duplicity. The author labels our State Department's policies as expedient, Britain's as overly sympathetic. Interest lies in its value as an historic record.