Paul Preston has created a wonderful profile on Franco, and this book has become the authoritive laymans guide to the only 20c Western European dictator to die peacefully in office.
Despite it’s initial size, this is a book that concisly explains the evolution of Franco from the early, eager military cadet to the cool, absent caudillo he became.
A wonderful book that reads more like a novel than a historical text, and I devoured it.
More of a Paul Prestonite, really. A wonderful historian and a great storyteller.