Sir Paul Preston CBE is an English historian and Hispanist, biographer of General Franco, specialist in Spanish history, in particular the Spanish Civil War, which he has studied for more than 30 years.
Books by Paul Preston
A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Modern Spain 1874-2018
by Paul Preston
A People Betrayed covers the entire, tumultuous, 20th century history of Spain up to the present and is by Paul Preston, one of the great historians of modern Spain. It received rave reviews in UK broadsheets, with the Daily Telegraph calling it a 'must-read.'
Sir Paul Preston recommended the best books on the Spanish Civil War for us.
“This is the biography of Franco. Of all the dictators of Europe in the 30s it was Franco who lived the longest and ruled the longest.Franco had more in common with Stalin than any of the others. And, of course, he had the power of the Catholic church in Spain on his side. The church was an enormous supporter of Franco. The church and the army kept him in power.” Read more...
The best books on The Other France
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Interviews with Paul Preston
The best books on The Spanish Civil War, recommended by Paul Preston
It was a bloody conflict that divided Spain and drew in Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. Later, it inspired great works of art and literature. An eminent historian of the period tells us why it continues to fascinate him
Interviews where books by Paul Preston were recommended
The best books on The Other France, recommended by Carmen Callil
Author and founder of Virago Press decries the absolute silence of the church during the Holocaust, and discusses five books on the “dark and murky side” the French have now “faced up to”