Review: War is Beautiful by James Neugass

by Rebeca on February 15, 2009

This is a minor interruption in the scheduled book reviews. My review of War is Beautiful by James Neugass, appeared in the February issue of The Internet Review of Books. Below is the first paragraph of the review:

An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War
By James Neugass (Edited by Peter N. Carroll and Peter Glazer) 
314 pp. The New Press $26.95

About 15,000 books have been written about the Spanish Civil War. Of those, only about a dozen are memoirs published by American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The most notable include Alvah Bessie’s Men in Battle, Harry Fisher’s Comrades: Tales of a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War and James Yate’s Mississippi to Madrid: Memoir of a Black American in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The newest entry in this category is James Neugass’s War is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War, edited by Peter N. Carroll and Peter Glazer, scholars and board members of the ; Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), and published 60 years after Neugass’s death. To read the complete review, click here.


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Lydia Syson April 22, 2013 at 6:41 am


Just wanted to let you know that the link to your full review of ‘War is Beautiful’ is broken, unfortunately.

And to say thank you for steering me towards Alvah Bessie a few years ago…

all the best,


Rebeca June 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

Unfortunately,that publication no longer exists and I can’t seem to find a copy. Thanks for letting me know.

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