SPAIN has been a blank spot in the consciousness of most Americans since the end of the civil war. And as long as we are engaged in the African campaign Franco’s intentions are of great importance. So this work of Mr. Hamilton, a journalist who spent two years in Spain under Franco, is valuable on two counts. He gives a depressing picture of hunger, incompetent bureaucracy, and preservation of class and wealth privileges, the Spanish temperament evidently not being geared to an efficient totalitarianism. Certain that the democratic powers committed a mistake in letting the Spanish Republic fall. Mr. Hamilton seems less certain as to the proper policy toward Spain now.