One volunteer was Francisco Pérez Lopez, Spanish by birth but raised in France. He began as a recruit at the age of twenty and emerged a platoon leader in roadside skirmishes, firefights in villages and forests, and in the Battle of the Ebro, the last stand for the Republican cause. He became a prisoner, a medic, a favorite among nuns, and then an escapee—his feats for survival are nothing less than genius. Gary Soto’s condensed yet artful and sensitive retelling is a gripping tale of human dignity and one man’s unflagging commitment to justice.
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Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press