Paul Preston's Franco: A Biography PDF


By Paul Preston

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican govt within the Spanish Civil conflict until eventually his quiet dying in 1975, is the topic of this booklet. The biography provides a mass of latest and unknown fabric approximately its topic, the culmination of analysis within the records of six nations and a plethora of interviews with key figures. Paul Preston is the writer of "The Triumph of Democracy in Spain" and "The Spanish Civil warfare 1936-9".

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Mickey Walker was the new welterweight champion of the world and he liked the feeling. Everybody wanted to be his pal, kids would follow him in the street, their mothers and fathers would stop him to shake his hand and ask for autographs for their children. One of the neighbor’s children was Frederick James Cochrane, a ScotchIrish kid with bright red hair, blue eyes and a stubby nose. He was raised on Bond Street just a few houses from where Mickey lived in the Keighry Head section of town. As a kid he recalled scrambling for pennies and nickels tossed by Walker when he came home from a fight.

For a year after Bulger’s death, he was on his own. Many of the top managers, including Leo P. Flynn, offered Mickey big money to sign contracts with them, but he refused. Mickey Walker never would have been happy with the Leo P. Flynn described by sportswriter Frank Graham Jr. in a December 1969 article in Sports Illustrated: “When he died in 1930, Flynn left behind possibly the largest stable of fighters ever assembled by an American manager. ‘I doubt if Leo knew himself,’ said Ray Arcel, who often trained Flynn’s fighters.

Rickard offered a flat guarantee of $300,000 with a large percentage privilege for a Leonard–Walker bout and Leonard went into training for it. But when it came for the signing, Benny turned to Gibson, his manager, and said, “Billy, I’m not sure of my form. I’ve been accustomed to work regularly and because of my mother’s illness I’ve had only two bouts in a year and a half. I don’t think I’m in condition for a fight with Walker but if you let me have one tune up fight and I think I’m ready, I’ll take on Walker as my last fight.

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