More than 20 years after one of the most bitter and cruel civil wars in European history, the story of that war appears in English in this attempt to set down objectively and dispassionately what happened during that terrible 2(apple) years. Not only is such a book sorely needed as a document, but as a corrective against the sea of misinformation, myth, and lie which has swelled up about the Spanish tragedy. How many times today do we hear that the war was ""Communist inspired"" or ""a part of the Communist plot of world domination"". The author corrects this by carefully, explicitly, covering the origins of the war as they developed in the 20's and early 30's. He discusses the fight between Carlists, syndicalists, socialists, liberals, Falangists, Communists, militarists, and regional autonomy advocates, who continually tore the central Madrid government apart. He shows the liberal Azana as a figurehead, dominated by forces and events around him, until, on that bloody July day of 1936, the shooting started. Then he recaptures the awful years after---Franco's arrival with the Army of Africa, murder in the towns, the long siege of Madrid, loss of the Ebro, and finally the sad fall of Barcelona in 1939. This is a vitally important book, one which serves history in the best sense. It will still arouse anger in many partisan quarters, perhaps with justification, but it remains still a ""must"" for students of politics and history.