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The Premature Antifascists: North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
The Premature Antifascists: North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
By John Gerassi
Praeger, 1986, 275 pp
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Mr. Gerassi, an American journalist and scholar, is the son of a general on the Loyalist side. This enthralling collection of interviews with Americans and Canadians who fought against Franco represents a selection from 18,000 pages of transcripts. The majority of the 49 veterans offering their recollections, like most of the 5,000 North American volunteers of whom they were a part, were working class and strongly leftist in ideology. Many were born in Europe or of immigrant parents.