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    Abel Paz(Author)

-Durruti was the ultimate working-class hero: carrying the future in his heart and a gun in each pocket. Abel Paz's magnificent biography resurrects the very soul of Spanish anarchism.---Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

AK Press has commissioned an elegant, new and unabridged translation of the definitive biography of Spanish revolutionary and military strategist, Buenaventura Durruti. But Abel Paz, who fought alongside Durruti in the Spanish Civil War, has given us much more than an account of a single man's life. Durruti in the Spanish Revolution is as much a biography of a nation and of a tumultuous historical era. Paz seamlessly weaves intimate biographical details of Durruti's life--his progression from factory worker and father to bank robber, political exile and, eventually, revolutionary leader--with extensive historical background, behind-the-scenes governmental intrigue, and blow-by-blow accounts of major battles and urban guerrilla warfare. An amazing and exhaustive study of an incredible man and his life-long fight against fascism in both its capitalist and Stalinist forms.

Includes Jose Luis Gutierres Molina's introduction about Abel Paz's life and the historiography of the Spanish Civil War.

Abel Paz was born in 1921. At 15, he joined the Durruti Column and fought in the Spanish Revolution. After the revolution's defeat, he was active as a guerilla fighter against the Franco regime and spent eleven years in prison. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Chuck Morse founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-edited Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and founded and edited The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Abel Paz was born in 1921. At the age of fifteen, he joined the Durruti Column and fought in the Spanish Revolution. After the revolution's defeat, he was active as a guerilla fighter against the Franco regime and spent eleven years in prison. Chuck Morse founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-edited Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and founded and edited The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • PDF | 600 pages
  • Abel Paz(Author)
  • AK Press (2 Mar. 2007)
  • English
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  • Biography
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  • By Jackdoor on 25 August 2007

    A fascinating insight in to the political life of anarchisms greatest modern advocate. With a wealth of detail, Abel Paz draws out the political tragetory of a revolutionary from early life as political nomad, to inspirational leader of the anarchist cause. The betrayals and deceptions of the revolutionary causes are unravelled by Paz, as he charts the heady days of July 1936 in revolutionary Barcelona to the death of Duritti outside of Madrid. Coloured heavily by the anarchist sympathy of the writer, and condemnatory view of the republican / popular front "betrayal", it does need a little liberal caution. However, the detail and use of primary sources are excellent. The death of Durruti is covered in detail, as are the conspiracy theories for his death. In short, pretty compelling if you have the time for the consistent attention to serious analysis of anarchist debate and argument, which permeates the background of Durruti the man.

  • By Kiril Dichev on 2 December 2014

    Really good book so far. I am sometimes overwhelmed with the details like names of Spanish historical figures, but otherwise a very detailed and in-depth book about both Durruti and not less Spain in the first half of 20th century

  • By BA Bulman on 1 September 2015

    we named our daughter after Durruti! this is the one and only book to get, that covers his life in minute detail. Paz is the great authority on that great thorn in the side of authority, Buenaventura Durruti.

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