SPAIN: The Bell Tolls

In a Paris clinic a shriveled old man with a magnificent head lay dying. His contemporaries among the giants of socialism were long gone—Lenin of Russia, Juarès of France, Liebknecht of Germany.

But Francisco Largo Caballero, who had shaped the history of Spain by fighting stubbornly for the things he wanted, fought on for breath. If he could still remember, his memories must have been bitter.

Largo Caballero had had as hard an education as the 20th Century could give. Spain's schools were not for the sons of village carpenters. But at 24, a plasterer in Madrid, he had taught...

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