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Paul Preston - Author

About the Author

Paul Preston CBE is Principe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History and Director of the Canada Blanch Centre of Contemporary Spanish Studies at LSE. He was lecturer at the University of Reading and Professor of History at Queen Mary University. In 2006 he was awarded the International Ramon Llull Prize by the Catalan Government. Among his many works are 'The Triumph of Democracy in Spain' (1986), 'Franco: A Biography' (1993), 'A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War' (1996), 'Comrades' (1999), 'Doves of War: Four Women in Spain' (2002), 'Juan Carlos' (2004) and 'The Spanish Civil War' (2006). He was decorated by Spanish King Juan Carlos a 'Comendador de la Orden de Merito Civil' and in 2007, the 'Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica'.

Featured books by Paul Preston

The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo

The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Author: Paul Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulent 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle, and hated by others as a Stalinist gravedigger of the revolution, Santiago Carrillo was arguably the dictator's most consistent left-wing enemy. For many on the right, Carrillo was a monster to be vilified as a mass murderer for his activities during the Civil War. But his survival owed to certain qualities that he had in abundance - a capacity for hard work, stamina and endurance, writing and oratorical skills, intelligence and cunning - though honesty and loyalty were not among them. One by one he turned on those who helped him in his desire for advancement, revealing the ruthless streak that he shared with Franco, and a zeal for rewriting his past. Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Spain's greatest modern historian Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of 20th-century Spanish politics.

Other books by Paul Preston

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Told for the first time in English, Paul Preston's new book tells the story of a preventable tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more at the end of the Spanish Civil War. This is the story of an avoidable humanitarian tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more. On 5 March 1939, the eternally malcontent Colonel Segismundo Casado launched a military coup against the government of Juan Negrin. To fulfil his ambition to go down in history as the man who ended the Spanish Civil War, he claimed that Negrin was the puppet of Moscow and that a coup was imminent to establish a Communist dictatorship. Instead his action ensured the Republic ended in catastrophe and shame. Paul Preston, the leading historian of twentieth-century Spain, tells this shocking story for the first time in English. It is a harrowing tale of how the flawed decisions of politicans can lead to tragedy.

Lost Angel: Obsession Series, Book Four

Lost Angel: Obsession Series, Book Four

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2016

The dramatic conclusion to the four novel Obsession Series. Grace Madsen has finally overcome her sexual repression in the arms of nightclub owner Jim Jefferson. However, their happy life in Chicago abruptly ends when she sees the grotesque horns of a demon named Lucius Barrington. After insinuating himself into her life, Barrington claims Grace as the Mother of all Evil from whose womb the Anti-Christ will be born. Grace boldly tries to reject her past beliefs and fears, but visions of the demon and the sound of his voice continue to torment her. By entering into a stricter Master/slave relationship with Jim Jefferson, Grace hopes her fears of satanic possession will recede. While Jefferson, in an effort to please the woman he loves, agrees to set Grace's sensuality free by increasing her sessions of discipline and offering her a job as the new Hostess of Obsessions. There, Jefferson displays her nude, wearing nipple jewelry, sheer stockings and a penetrating G-String panty, while patrons pass her from lap to lap, and that is just the beginning. Despite Jefferson's efforts on Grace's behalf, Barrington continues to exert his control over her. Will Jefferson accept the shattered psyche of the woman he loves or return the dark "e;killing place"e; to do the one thing he can that may restore Grace to sanity?

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Author: Paul Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2016

This collection of essays constitutes a magnificent monument to recent scholarship on the Second Republic and the Civil War. It is indispensable for a full understanding of the period.' - Raymond Carr

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2016

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain tells a gripping story of the tortuous creation of Spain's constitutional monarchy. The book provides an authoritative account of the tribulations of the forces of progress, beginning in 1969 with the disintegration of Franco's dictatorship and ending with the remarkable Socialist election victory in 1982.

Persian Princess: Obsession Series, Book Three

Persian Princess: Obsession Series, Book Three

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2016

Brittany Milani is 27, an Iranian-American CIA Operative. Hot and sexually uninhibited, Brittany has gone undercover, using her body to convict drug dealers and sex traffickers. When her shadowy CIA handler assigns her to work a covert sting operation, she doesn't hesitate to accept the dangerous mission. She meets the major players at Obsessions, a Gentlemen's Club catering to Dominants and their submissivess. A Saudi Prince on the Terrorist Watch List, Khaled Al Khatani, has rented a private room in Obsessions. Going undercover as Obsessions' waitress, "e;Aisha"e;, Brittany serves drinks to the Prince. The attraction between them is instantaneous! When the Prince offers to become her guardian and protect her chastity, Brittany takes off with the Prince's entourage, against her handler's advice. However, when Khatani realizes that she's no longer a virgin and worthy of marrying, he turns her into his captured slave, keeping her chained in his home as a sexual servant to the household. With each sexual encounter demanded of her, she falls deeper into her role of the Prince's slave. The CIA already considers her a lost asset. Will Brittany hang on long enough to prevent a catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil? And will her friend in the CIA be able to rescue her before she's lost to the world of sexual slavery forever?

Good Dom

Good Dom

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

After reporting a case of police brutality, Jim Jefferson's life and marriage falls apart. He attempts to start his life over by opening up a bar called Obsessions that caters to Dominants and their submissives. Due to a horrible facial scar suffered as a child, he manages the club from the shadows and avoids all contact. Jefferson's emotional and sexual life is reignited by Ms. Madsen, a stunning young woman, first introduced in The Reluctant Dom, Book One of the Obsession Series. She enters his club on the arm of her Dom, Charles Anderson and immediately attracts a crowd, wearing see-through clothing. When Ms. Madsen sees Jefferson for the first time, she isn't repulsed at all by his appearance. She tenderly places her palm directly over his deformed cheek, the first person in his life who touches him on his most sensitive spot. In the privacy of his office, Jefferson has a powerful sexual experience with Ms. Madsen that changes his life. But after one final intimate encounter, Ms. Madsen goes back to her boyfriend Patrick Johnson, a young man returning from the war in Afghanistan, and gets married. Jefferson learns the complex secret behind the identity of Ms. Madsen and attempts to forget her. In a vain attempt to move on, Jefferson has two passionate, but short-lived affairs with different women, Janet and Amy. When Ms. Madsen returns to his life several months later and becomes his submissive, Jefferson learns the shattering truth about the violent military officer she married. Now Jefferson must struggle between the passion he still feels for Ms. Madsen and the moral consequences of protecting her from her abusive husband.

Reluctant Dom

Reluctant Dom

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2015

When the pretty, though spiritually conflicted Cassandra approaches Charles in a Chicago suburb, both lives are changed forever. Plagued by a lifetime of repressed sexual desire, Cassandra allows Charles to fondle her breasts in public, and he becomes instantly smitten with her. Despite her religious beliefs and impending marriage to Patrick, she confesses her desire to enter into a submissive/slave relationship. Charles agrees to a four-day contract to become her Dominant. Reluctant at first, Charles grows more confident in his role, sexually dominating and disciplining Cassandra with increasing force. He buys her bondage toys, sheer sexy clothing and body jewelry, then displays her in public, later taking her to Obsessions, a Gentlemen's Club catering to D/s couples. There she dives even deeper into her submissive desires. Their contract states that there'll be no emotional involvement - or further contact between them once the four days are over. However, Charles has become emotionally attached to her. When the contract is up and Cassandra goes back to her fiance, a devastated Charles risks one final attempt to draw her back to him.

The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo

The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2015

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulence in the 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle and hated by others as a Stalinist gravedigger of the revolution, Santiago Carrillo was arguably the dictator's most consistent left-wing enemy. For many on the right, Carrillo was a monster to be vilified as a mass murderer for his activities during the Civil War. But his survival owed to certain qualities that he had in abundance - a capacity for hard work, stamina and endurance, writing and oratorical skills, intelligence and cunning - though honesty and loyalty were not among them. One by one he turned on those who helped him in his desire for advancement, revealing the ruthless streak that he shared with Franco, and a zeal for rewriting his past. Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Spain's greatest modern historian Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of 20th century Spanish politics.

Harem

Harem

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2015

Jeremy, a romantic aspiring writer of erotica, is admitted to Potomac Fields, a psychiatric hospital near Rockville, Maryland, after what appears to be a complete nervous breakdown. While mourning the recent death of his father and recovering from the betrayal and infidelity of his wife, Jeremy relates to no one at the hospital and carries around a laptop computer which he pretends to write stories in. Late at night in his hospital room, Jeremy actually writes an elaborate sexual fantasy novel called, "e;The Harem"e; which tells the story of three women, Cynthia, Sapphire and Evelyn, reflections of three actual patients in Jeremy's therapy group, who turn his suburban home into a modern day harem to help Jeremy gain revenge upon his cheating wife. After several graphic and liberating sex scenes, Jeremy helps guide each woman through the darkness of their own particular neuroses, which the three patients will never be able to escape from in real life. After making no progress for several weeks and before more invasive measures such as shock treatment are considered, Dr. Chantelle Bichon, an attractive French physician is assigned to Jeremy's case. There is an immediate sexual tension between Dr. Bichon and her handsome silent patient. After weaving Dr. Bichon into the plot of his story, Jeremy opens up to the psychiatrist and shows her the erotic novel he's been working on. At first Dr. Bichon thinks the novel doesn't exist and the patient is delusional, but when she realizes "e;The Harem"e; is real, the psychiatrist finds herself drawn emotionally closer and more sexually attracted to this complex man. By analyzing the novel and though intensive therapy with her patient, Dr. Bichon searches for the missing piece of the puzzle which may lead Jeremy back to mental health and allow him to finish his book outside the walls of the asylum. "e;The Harem"e; includes male domination, spanking, light bondage and several consensual erotic sexual fantasy scenes, engaged individually between a man and four different women. Paul Preston is the author of an erotic trilogy called the Adam and Eve Series: The Awakening of Laura, Bella Lisa and Her Beast, and The Phantom Phillipe, all published by Pink Flamingo Publications. Look for his upcoming romantic adult novels written in his distinctive style: The Memoir of Veronica Wells, The Property of Edward James, The Reluctant Dom, The Good Dom, The Persian Princess and The Lost Angel.

Adam & Eve Trilogy

Adam & Eve Trilogy

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2015

In this sensual trilogy, three classic stories are each given an erotic adaptation. In The Awakening of Laura, an adult version of Sleeping Beauty, an attractive unhappily married woman Laura, trapped by her conventional life and religious beliefs, is drawn to Stephen, a spiritually conflicted man. In an attempt to convert Stephen back to her faith and hold onto her own, Laura visits Stephen at his place of work, an underground theater called the Adam and Eve Club. Like Sleeping Beauty mesmerized by the needle, Laura follows a bright light into the theater and witnesses on the stage a scene of sexual bondage. Phillipe Williamson, the handsome entrepreneur and owner of the club, watches Laura's response in the dark. Rather than being pricked and falling into a deep sleep, the dormant sexual desire of Laura is awakened by the virility of Williamson. Despite her marriage, Laura willingly gives herself over to Williamson as his submissive. When her husband, a minister, returns from a trip and Laura revitalizes their sexual relationship, Laura becomes torn between the three men. After her true love is revealed, Laura reawakens from her dangerous and all-consuming sexual obsession. Bella Lisa and Her Beast, an erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, tells the story of Phillipe Williamson's obsession and eventual seduction of a beautiful, much younger woman, Bella Lisa Mauricio. After Bella Lisa's Father, an actor and speculator in the stock market, buys an oceanfront condo in the building Williamson owns, he loses all his money on a bad investment. Phillipe agrees to bail out her Father in exchange for a week alone with the woman he loves. Trapped against her will in his castle in the sky, Bella Lisa reluctantly agrees to become Williamson's submissive, but for one week only. To her surprise, Bella Lisa grows sexually and emotionally attracted to Williamson after several highly charged sexual encounters. But when Bella Lisa breaks the rules of the house by entering the forbidden West Wing, the shocking and complex dark side of Williamson is revealed. Only through the depths of Bella Lisa's love can the beast within Williamson be healed. In The Phantom Phillipe, a reimagining of Phantom of the Opera, Phillipe and Bella Lisa both realize the nature of their relationship is changing. Afraid of the growing bond between them and confused about entering into a deeper emotional commitment to Phillipe, Bella Lisa meets Raoul Martinez, a young social worker, at her new job. Sexually drawn to one another, they act upon their mutual attraction and Raoul falls deeply in love with her. Bella Lisa admits to her affair and Williamson fears Bella Lisa is lost to him forever. After Williamson acts to win Bella Lisa back, a terrible and traumatic accident burns his skin beyond repair. Phillipe covers his face with a mask, stops taking his anti-psychotic medication, and closes himself away in his condo to consider suicide. A close friend and adult movie star, Carlotta, comforts Phillipe in his pain. After Phillipe rescues Christine, a prostitute who was abused as a child, Phillipe discovers that Joseph Buquet, the sadistic foster father who inflicted the physical and psychological scars on both Phillipe and Christine 32 years ago, is still alive. Phillipe hears the Voice of the Beast once more, summoning him to action. With the help of Carlotta, Williamson retreats into the subterranean bowels of his theater, The Adam and Eve Club, and plots his revenge against the man he holds personally responsible for the tragedy involving Bella Lisa Mauricio that shattered his life.

Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulence in the 20th century.From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle and hated by others as a Stalinist gravedigger of the revolution, Santiago Carrillo was arguably the dictator's most consistent left-wing enemy.For many on the right, Carrillo was a monster to be vilified as a mass murderer for his activities during the Civil War. But his survival owed to certain qualities that he had in abundance - a capacity for hard work, stamina and endurance, writing and oratorical skills, intelligence and cunning - though honesty and loyalty were not among them.One by one he turned on those who helped him in his desire for advancement, revealing the ruthless streak that he shared with Franco, and a zeal for rewriting his past. Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Spain's greatest modern historian Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of 20th century Spanish politics.

Last Stalinist

Last Stalinist

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2014

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulent 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist regime. Admired by many on the left as a revolutionary and a pillar of the anti-Franco struggle, and hated by others as a Stalinist gravedigger of the revolution, Santiago Carrillo was arguably the dictator's most consistent left-wing enemy. For many on the right, Carrillo was a monster to be vilified as a mass murderer for his activities during the Civil War. But his survival owed to certain qualities that he had in abundance - a capacity for hard work, stamina and endurance, writing and oratorical skills, intelligence and cunning - though honesty and loyalty were not among them. One by one he turned on those who helped him in his desire for advancement, revealing the ruthless streak that he shared with Franco, and a zeal for rewriting his past. Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Spain's greatest modern historian Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of 20th-century Spanish politics.

The Spanish Holocaust Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

The Spanish Holocaust Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Selected as the Sunday Times History Book of the Year for 2012, this is a meticulous work of scholarship from the foremost historian of 20th-century Spain. The culmination of more than a decade of research, `The Spanish Holocaust' seeks to reflect the intense horrors visited upon Spain during its ferocious civil war, the consequences of which still reverberate bitterly today. The brutal, murderous persecution of Spaniards between 1936 and 1945 is a truth that should have been told long ago. Paul Preston here offers the first comprehensive picture of what he terms the Spanish Holocaust : mass extra-judicial murder of some 200,000 victims, cursory military trials, torture, the systematic abuse of women and children, sweeping imprisonment, the horrors of exile. Those culpable for crimes committed on both sides of the Civil War are named; their victims identified. `The Spanish Holocaust' illuminates one of the darkest, least-known eras of modern European history.

Destruction of Guernica

Destruction of Guernica

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2012

The leading historian on the Spanish Civil War reveals the truth about one of the most horrifying events of the twentieth century - the destruction of Guernica.Guernica, a quiet market town in the Basque region of northern Spain. On Monday 26 April 1937, as the Spanish Civil War raged, the market square was busy with farmers and townspeople. Just before five o'clock in the afternoon the sky darkened as the Luftwaffe swarmed overhead and began an unrelentingly vicious assault, the first ever on an undefended civilian target in Europe.The savage attack on Guernica marked the birth of a horrific new kind of warfare. In this searing account of the tragedy, Paul Preston, the foremost historian of 20th century Spain, tells the whole story of the attack, from Franco's tactics to how events unfolded on the day and how the world responded.Published to tie in with the 75th anniversary of the bombing this short ebook is a deeply moving account of what happened on that day in Guernica.

Phantom Phillipe

Phantom Phillipe

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2011

Recovering from a self-inflicted wound, multimillionaire entrepreneur Phillipe Williamson feels insecure about the sexual connection with his lovely young submissive, Bella Lisa Mauricio and is unable to engage in intimacy with her without physical pain. After their intense and sensual week together, Phillipe and Bella Lisa both realize the nature of their relationship is changing. Afraid of the growing bond between them and confused about entering into a deeper emotional commitment to Phillipe due to their age difference, Bella Lisa meets Raoul Martinez, a young social worker, at her new job. Sexually drawn to one another, they act upon their mutual attraction and Raoul falls deeply in love with her. Bella Lisa admits to her affair and Williamson accepts it at first, willing to share Bella Lisa with the younger man rather than lose her completely. Bella Lisa becomes torn between the conventional sexual relationship and married life offered by Raoul and the forbidden pleasures in the West Wing only Mr. Williamson can provide. After a terrible and traumatic accident burns his skin beyond repair, Phillipe must cover his face with a mask. Phillipe stops taking his anti-psychotic medication, closes himself away in his condo and considers suicide. A close friend and adult movie star, Carlotta, comforts Phillipe in his pain. After Phillipe rescues Christine, a prostitute who was abused as a child, Phillipe discovers that Joseph Buquet, the sadistic foster father who inflicted the physical and psychological scars on both Phillipe and Christine 32 years ago, is still alive. Phillipe hears the Voice of the Beast once more, summoning him to action. With the help of Carlotta, Williamson retreats into the subterranean bowels of his theater, The Adam and Eve Club, and plots his revenge against the man he holds personally responsible for the tragedy that shattered his life. The complex and sexual story of Phillipe Williamson's life, first introduced in The Awakening of Laura, an adult adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and expanded on in Bella Lisa and Her Beast, an erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is brought to a dramatic conclusion in The Phantom Phillipe, a sensual version of The Phantom of the Opera.

We Saw Spain Die Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War

We Saw Spain Die Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2009

The war in Spain and those who wrote at first hand of its horrors. From 1936 to 1939 the eyes of the world were fixed on the devastating Spanish conflict that drew both professional war correspondents and great writers. Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Josephine Herbst, Martha Gellhorn, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Kim Philby, George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, Andre Malraux, Antoine de Saint Exupery and others wrote eloquently about the horrors they saw at first hand. Together with many great and now largely forgotten journalists, they put their lives on the line, discarding professionally dispassionate approaches and keenly espousing the cause of the partisans. Facing censorship, they fought to expose the complacency with which the decision-makers of the West were appeasing Hitler and Mussolini. Many campaigned for the lifting of non-intervention, revealing the extent to which the Spanish Republic had been betrayed. Peter Preston's exhilarating account illuminates the moment when war correspondence came of age.

The Spanish Civil War Reaction, Revolution and Revenge

The Spanish Civil War Reaction, Revolution and Revenge

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2006

UPDATED EDITION A rousing and full-blooded account of the Spanish Civil War and the rise to prominence of General Franco. No modern conflict has inflamed the passions of both civilians and intellectuals as much as the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Burned into our collective historical consciousness, it not only prefigured the imminent Second World War but also ushered in a new and horrific form of warfare that would come to define the twentieth century. At the same time it echoed the revolutionary aspirations of millions of Europeans and Americans after the painful years of the Great Depression. In this authoritative history, Paul Preston vividly recounts the political ideals and military horrors of the Spanish Civil War - including the controversial bombing of Guernica - and tracks the emergence of General Franco's brutal but extraordinarily durable fascist dictatorship.

Juan Carlos Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy

Juan Carlos Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2005

A powerful biography of Spain's great king, Juan Carlos, by the pre-eminent writer on 20th-century Spanish history. There are two central mysteries in the life of Juan Carlos, one personal, the other political.The first is the apparent serenity with which he accepted that his father had surrendered him, to all intents and purposes, into the safekeeping of the Franco regime. In any normal family, this would have been considered a kind of cruelty or, at the very least, baleful negligence. But a royal family can never be normal, and the decision to send the young Juan Carlos away from Spain was governed by a certain `superior' dynastic logic. The second mystery lies in how a prince raised in a family with the strictest authoritarian traditions, who was obliged to conform to the Francoist norms during his youth and educated to be a cornerstone of the plans for the reinforcement of the dictatorship, eventually sided so emphatically and courageously with democratic principles. Paul Preston - perhaps the greatest living commentator on modern Spain - has set out to address these mysteries, and in so doing has written the definitive biography of King Juan Carlos. He tackles the king's turbulent relationship with his father, his cloistered education, his bravery in defending Spain's infant democracy after Franco's death and his immense hard work in consolidating parliamentary democracy in Spain. The resulting biography is both rigorous and riveting, its vibrant prose doing justice to its vibrant subject. It is a book fit for a king.

Awakening of Laura

Awakening of Laura

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2004

In the heat of summer in a Southern California seaside town, the spiritual and sensual worlds collide when Laura, a former drama student and lovely wife of a Christian minister becomes sexually attracted to Stephen, a slender spiritually conflicted security guard for submissive female performers at a secret underground theater, the Adam and Eve Club. When Laura meets Stephen at the club to persuade him to rejoin the Christian faith, she is drawn into the theater by a bright hypnotic light. She watches a pretty submissive performer on the stage engaging in a sexual act while being held in bondage by her Dom. Though initially repulsed, her body responds to the show on a deeply sexual level. She is cornered in the office of the powerful and handsome owner of the club, Phillipe Williamson, and falls deeper into the sensual abyss by becoming his collared submissive. Both Stephen and Williamson vie for Laura's affection. Laura overcomes the humiliation of being removed from a college play by her father and Stephen finally accepts his true nature as a Dom when Williamson agrees to allow them to perform in a show together at The Adam and Eve Club. In a dramatic confrontation with her husband, Laura must choose between her role as a minister's wife and her newly discovered true nature of a sexual submissive. Includes male domination, light consensual bondage, spanking and several highly erotic sexually charged scenes. Paul Preston is an erotic novelist living in Southern California. "e;The Awakening of Laura"e; is the first in a trilogy of novels about Phillipe Williamson and the Adam and Eve Club. The other two books in the series, "e;Bella Lisa and Her Beast"e; and "e;The Phantom Phillipe"e; will also be released by Pink Flamingo Publications.

Doves of War Four Women of Spain

Doves of War Four Women of Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2003

Love, war, duty, faith, betrayal and belief - a revolutionary new view of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes and experiences of the women who endured it, by the greatest historian of Spain: `Passionate and deeply moving... when Preston writes about these women, you feel as if you are in their company.' Scotland on Sunday `Four extraordinary women whose personal histories should dispel any illusions that the Spanish Civil War was an all-male war...Written with a shrewd eye and a sure touch, the book is full of wonderful stories and acute observations. Above all, these are compellingly human dramas in which moral issues, right and wrong, Fascism and Communism, melt away.' Sunday Telegraph The Aristocrat: PIP SCOTT-ELLIS fell in love with a Spanish prince and set off for Madrid in a chauffeur-driven limousine. She ended up nursing in front-line Francoist hospitals. The Communist: NAN GREEN, by contrast, travelled to war third class. Leaving her children behind in England, she went to fight for the International Brigade. The Intellectual: MARGARITA NELKEN was an art critic and novelist, who had translated Kafka into Spanish. Denounced as a whore by the Catholic Right, she became a radical politician. The Fascist: After her husband was killed in the fighting and miscarrying her baby on hearing the news, MERCEDES SANZ-BACHILLER set up a welfare organisation that was to change the face of Spain. `Preston has harnessed biography to serve history by vividly telling the stories of four very different women whose lives were starkly altered by the conflict... significant, tragic and remarkable' Irish Times

Bella Lisa & Her Beast

Bella Lisa & Her Beast

Author: Paul Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2003

Meet Phillipe Williamson, a handsome self-made multimillionaire portfolio manager and real estate broker to the Southern California rich by day, and owner of The Adam and Eve Club, an underground theater which stages taboo sensual performances between Dominants and their submissives, by night. Seeking to escape from the physical and psychological scars of an abusive foster father, Williamson becomes obsessed by an attractive younger woman, Bella Lisa Mauricio. After foolhardy stock transactions cause Bella Lisa's Father to become unable to make the mortgage payments for his beachfront condo owned by Phillipe, her father incurs a $250,000 debt to Williamson. In order to protect her father from financial ruin, Bella Lisa agrees to spend a week held captive in Williamson's 25th Floor Penthouse home. After Williamson seduces Bella Lisa and provides the most sexually stimulating experience of her life, she gives in to his request to become his sub for the week. As one sensual interlude leads to the next, their emotional bond grows stronger, despite their age difference. But when Bell Lisa breaks the rules of the home by wandering into the forbidden West Wing, the Beast that lives within Williamson's fractured mind is revealed to her. Williamson must choose whether to protect the woman he loves, or give in to the Beast's demand of marking her permanently as his sub. Bella Lisa and Her Beast, an adult adaptation of the classic children's fairy tale, is the second installment in the Adam and Eve Series. In the first book, "e;The Awakening of Laura"e; the sensual troubled psyche of Williamson is introduced. His story comes to a dramatic conclusion with the soon to be published third title of the series, "e;The Phantom Phillipe"e;. Paul Preston is an erotic novelist living in Los Angeles, California. Along with The Adam and Eve Series, he is the author of "e;The Harem"e; and "e;The Memoir of Veronica Wells"e;, also to be made available by Pink Flamingo Publications.

Comrades

Comrades

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2000

A brilliant new portrait of the Spanish Civil War from our greatest historian of Spain. `Anyone interested in Spain will want this book.` Alan Massie, Daily TelegraphA bravura new interpretation of the course, causes and characters of the Spanish Civil War, still the twentieth century's bloodiest internal conflict. Analysis of the Civil War has always focused on victors and vanquished, but what of those who eschewed the struggle, those who stood apart from the carnage and chaos? Was there a Third Way? Starting at the extreme right of the political spectrum and moving across it to the extreme left, using the emblematic lives of ten key individuals, Preston builds up an astonishingly vivid picture of how the War came to pass, and how those who started, suffered and stopped it were coloured by the experience. Here are brilliant psychological profiles of the communist firebrand La Pasionaria, of the canny falangist Primo de Rivera, of the aloof intellectual non-participant Salvador Madariaga, and of the enigma himself, Generalissimo Franco.`Comrades presents us with fascinating portraits, case studies that illustrate variously nobility, arrogance, self-delusion and evil. It remains difficult to comprhend the passions that lead to civil war; but this book helps us to understand.' Michael Portillo, Sunday Telegraph

The Republic Besieged Civil War in Spain 1936-1939

The Republic Besieged Civil War in Spain 1936-1939

Author: Paul Preston, Ann L. Mackenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1996

This book is a compilation of several articles about the Spanish Civil War by different authors each one dealing with a matter.

Mother Father Deaf Living Between Sound and Silence

Mother Father Deaf Living Between Sound and Silence

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/1995

Mother father deaf is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the Hearing and the Deaf, forever balancing the worlds of sound and silence. Paul Preston, one of these children, takes us to the place where Deaf and Hearing cultures meet, where families like his own embody the conflicts and resolutions of two often opposing world views. Based on 150 interviews with adult hearing children of deaf parents throughout the United States, Mother Father Deaf examines the process of assimilation and cultural affiliation among a population whose lives incorporate the paradox of being culturally Deaf yet functionally hearing. It is rich in anecdote and analysis, remarkable for its insights into a family life normally closed to outsiders.

The Politics of Revenge Fascism and the Military in 20th-century Spain

The Politics of Revenge Fascism and the Military in 20th-century Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/1995

The role of the Spanish Right in the course of the twentieth-century has been a neglected area of academic study. The Politics of Revenge redresses this providing a succinct and disturbing account.

Franco

Franco

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/1995

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican government in the Spanish Civil War until his quiet death in 1975, is the subject of this book. The biography presents a mass of new and unknown material about its subject, the fruits of research in the archives of six countries and a plethora of interviews with key figures. Paul Preston is the author of The Triumph of Democracy in Spain and The Spanish Civil War 1936-9 .

Coming of the Spanish Civil War

Coming of the Spanish Civil War

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/1994

This classic text is made newly available in a substantially revised and updated second edition.

The Politics of Revenge Fascism and the Military in 20th-century Spain

The Politics of Revenge Fascism and the Military in 20th-century Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/1990

The role of the Spanish Right in the course of the twentieth-century has been a neglected area of academic study. The Politics of Revenge redresses this providing a succinct and disturbing account.

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/1987

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain tells a gripping story of the tortuous creation of Spain's constitutional monarchy. The book provides an authoritative account of the tribulations of the forces of progress, beginning in 1969 with the disintegration of Franco's dictatorship and ending with the remarkable Socialist election victory in 1982.

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Author: Paul Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/1984

This collection of essays constitutes a magnificent monument to recent scholarship on the Second Republic and the Civil War. It is indispensable for a full understanding of the period.' - Raymond Carr

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