The Franco Years
by Jose Yglesias
"When I went to Spain this time, I knew that the history of the period I wanted to write would have to be told me by Spaniards. I had my prejudices and I had my theories, but they would have to take second place to what Spaniards had to tell me, for it is a belief of mine that what people remember and talk about are the major factors in their history. The most illuminating too, and I suspected that only they could make the gray landscape of those years, which from a distance has made us all look away in distaste, as vivid and full of heroes as their Civil War."