So says Paul Preston, one of the most respected authors concentrating on recent Spanish history.
He is referring to Between Two Fires — Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras, a poignant account of how a Spanish village was trapped in a brutal conflict — one which went virtually unreported due to strict censorship.
A new edition of this in-depth investigation written by longtime resident of Spain David Baird is just out. Praise has come from across the world.
From Australia social commentator Phillip Grenard notes: “Absolutely rivetting… a wonderfully evocative footnote to history presumably experienced in many parts of Spain. I can’t put it down…. a great piece of research.
From London journalist Perrott Phillips comments: “Profoundly researched, deeply sympathetic to the subject and compellingly written.”
From California historian Mark Williams, declares: “A masterful job! Every kid growing up in southern Spain should be required to read this book to place his/her life in perspective.”
From France writer Nicholas Inman asserts: “I am deeply impressed. It would be good if more people read this book to remind them how lucky they are to be alive now and not then.”
And in the prologue Ian Gibson, author of acclaimed biographies of Lorca and Dalí, says: “There could be nobody better suited to tell this story than David Baird, and he has done so magnificently.”
The new edition of Between Two Fires – Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras is published by Maroma Press and printed by Lightning Press in Britain, the USA and Australia. It can be ordered online from leading websites such as Amazon. In Spain it is also on sale at a number of English-language bookshops.
The Spanish edition in hardback, Historia de los maquis – Entre dos fuegos (published by Editorial Almuzara, Córdoba), can be ordered from Spanish bookshops.