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Franco: A Biography
Franco: A Biography
By Juan Pablo Fusi
Harper & Row, 1988, 202 pp

A fair-minded critical assessment of the man who for 40 years was Spain's dictator. It depicts him as being originally an old-fashioned nationalist patriot, certain that the army was the guarantor of the nation which quarreling liberal civilians had for decades weakened and betrayed. The author, a Spanish historian with long English associations, is also very good on the slow disintegration of the Franco regime in the 1970s.