War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War by James Neugass
In 1937, James Neugass joined 2,800 other passionate young Americans who travelled to Spain as part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.Although rumour has persisted over the years that Neugass had written a memoir, it was not until recently that the manuscript for 'War is Beautiful' was unearthed.
"A complement to the memoirs of George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, as well as Javier Cercas's novel Soldiers of Salamis (2004)—not quite in their league, but not far from it." -Kirkus Reviews
“Although Neugass served for only about five months in 1937-38, he saw the fall of the Spanish Republic to the better-equipped Fascist forces under General Franco. This valuable addition to Spanish civil war history also attests to the timelessness of a soldier's wartime emotions-the boredom, excitement, fear, pain, and loss.” -Library Journal