Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading guide books, has heaped praise on the Maroma Press publication Between Two Fires – Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras.
In its guide to Spain, it comments: “A few communists and republicans continued their struggle after the Civil War in small guerrilla units in Andalucia’s mountains.
“The book Between Two Fires fascinatingly documents the struggle between the guerrillas and the Guardia Civil around the village of Frigiliana in the 1940s and ’50s.”.
The fruit of years of investigation, Between Two Fires is the only book in English that relates what happened AFTER Spain’s Civil War, when rural communities were torn apart as rebels fought to undermine the Franco dictatorship.
To research what happened in those years when tight censorship sealed off Spain from the rest of the world author Baird interviewed former guerrillas, Civil Guards, villagers and their families.
He checked official files all over Spain and travelled to London and Washington to examine government records relating to American and British intervention in Spain.
After World War Two neither Europeans nor Americans took much interest in what was happening in a Spain, although their secret services were very active in that country. Thus the guerrilla struggle and many other events in Spain went unreported in the rest of the world.
Within Spain political parties were banned and all news was carefully controlled. Only information approved by the regime could be published or broadcast. Finally, after General Franco’s death in 1975, censorship was relaxed and investigators could begin to delve into the country’s recent history.
This ground-breaking books reveals details about the clandestine training of Spanish guerrillas by members of the American secret service and about a brutal crime that was covered up for more than 50 years.
Between Two Fires is on sale at English bookshops in Spain and from Amazon and other online outlets.