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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Martin Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From best selling author Russell Martin comes a stirring account of the town that inspired one of the world's most celebrated and controversial works of art, the painting Guernica's profound impact on the politics and culture of the 20th century, and the artist whose passion and artistic vision are unequaled in modern history.

On April 26, 1937 the German Luftwaffe began relentless bombing and machine-gunning of businesses, homes and villages to test a new type of warfare waged from the air, at the request of General Francisco Franco and his rebel forces. Three and a half hours later, the village lay in ruins, its population decimated. This act of terror and unspeakable cruelty - the first intentional, large-scale attack against a nonmilitary target in modern warfare - outraged the world, and compelled a Spanish painter to respond with artistic fury. Pablo Picasso, an expatriate living in Paris, reacted immediately to the devastation in his homeland by beginning work on the canvas that would become his testament against the horrors of war.

Weaving themes of conflict and redemption, doom and transcendence, and featuring some of the century's most memorable and infamous figures, Martin follows this renowned masterwork from its creation through its journey across decades, from many countries of Europe to America and finally and triumphantly to Spain. Picasso's War is a book that vividly demonstrates how vital art is to human lives and how sometimes it even transfigures tragedy, a story that delivers an unforgettable portrait of an artistic genius whose visionary rendering of the terrible wounds of war still resonates profoundly today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pete Cochran | 10/11/2013

    " Very very good book! I just pulled it off the Library shelf... no reason to my choice... It is very wonderful... I can pretend to be more facinating than I really am with the History lesson this book provided me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 9/13/2013

    " Wonderful read! This book explores so many things so well -- Picasso's life, Spainish politics, and artistic movements during WWII. Ultimately, Martin's book is a love letter to "Guernica," one of the most imoprtant works of 20th century art. It is a truly splendid book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhea | 7/6/2013

    " This was a well written, informative, and creative perspective on the Spanish Civil War. Painful in parts, but that is as it should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darcy | 5/31/2013

    " Wonderful discussion of art and Spain. "

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About the Author

Russell Martin is the author of several previous books, including Beethoven’s Hair, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year. He divides his time between Denver and Salt Lake City.