) shares tales of some of the roughly 2,800 Americans who participated in the Spanish Civil War and relates the experiences of the two most notable journalists to cover it, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell.
He shows how the war was a brutal, cruel mismatch from the beginning, with Franco’s fascist forces strengthened by 80,000 Italian troops supplied by Mussolini, as well as weapons and airplanes provided by Hitler in exchange for war-related minerals (copper, iron ore, and pyrites).
S., used antiquated weapons, including American Winchester rifles manufactured in the 1860s.
Hochschild is an exceptional writer; his narrative is well-paced, delivered in clear prose, and focused on important and colorful details of the historical moment.
Three of his books - including KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST - have been named Notable Books of the Year by THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW and LIBRARY JOURNAL.
KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST was also awarded the 1998 California Book Awards gold medal for nonfiction.He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.His "Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels," collects some of the articles he has done in several decades of writing for various newspapers and magazines.Hochschild's books have been translated into five languages and have won prizes from the Overseas Press Club of America, the World Affairs Council, the Eugene V.Debs Foundation, and the Society of American Travel Writers.Both were politically pivotal experiences about which he would later write in his book Finding the Trapdoor.He later was part of the movement against the Vietnam War, and, after several years as a daily newspaper reporter, worked as a writer and editor for the leftwing Ramparts magazine.Additionally, Hochschild uncovers the story of how Texaco, headed by an admirer of Hitler, Torkild Rieber, provided Franco with unlimited oil on credit, shipped it for free, and supplied invaluable intelligence on tankers carrying oil to the Republican forces.The Republicans, meanwhile, embargoed by France, Britain, and the U.He is married to sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. His first book, HALF THE WAY HOME: A MEMOIR OF FATHER AND SON, was published in 1986.