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Reflections of South Carolina
Robert Charles Clark
1570033447
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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Poland
James A. Michener
0449205878
March 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's POLAND teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation--in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.
"POLAND is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country's tribulations."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's POLAND teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation--in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.
"POLAND is a monumental...


Poland's Jump to the Market Economy (Lionel Robbins Lectures)

0262691744


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From Library Journal
Harvard professor Sachs, the noted author of several books on international trade and an economic adviser to over a dozen countries, including Poland, is a major commentator on the awesome task of economic reform in Eastern Europe. In this latest work, he advocates a "big bang" approach to economic reform in Poland and other Eastern European countries. This type of reform (also called "shock therapy") favors the quick conversion of socialist economies to capitalism (featuring the elimination of price controls and the overhaul of monetary policy, among other things), rather than the slow, methodical approach championed by some other economists. Sachs's work is well researched, convincing, and quite fascinating; the method he advocates is already proving effective in Poland. Highly recommended.- Kris Swank, American...


In the Shadow of the Polish Eagle : The Poles, the Holocaust and Beyond

0333752651


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Book Description
The behavior of many Poles towards the Jewish population during the Nazi occupation of Poland has always been a controversial issue. Although the Poles are supposed not to have collaborated with the invaders, there is evidence to show that in respect of the Jewish population, the behavior of many Poles, including members of the underground, was far from exemplary. Poland is also the only European country where Jews were being murdered after the end of the war and where strong anti-Semitic tendencies are still present. This book analyzes this question in an historical context and attempts to offer an explanation for the phenomenon of Polish anti-Semitism during and after the end of the war. The work is based on recently uncovered documents as well as on personal accounts of witnesses to the events during the war.


Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Christopher R. Browning
0060995068
March 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
Shocking as it is, this book--a crucial source of original research used for the bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners--gives evidence to suggest the opposite conclusion: that the sad-sack German draftees who perpetrated much of the Holocaust were not expressing some uniquely Germanic evil, but that they were average men comparable to the run of humanity, twisted by historical forces into inhuman shapes. Browning, a thorough historian who lets no one off the moral hook nor fails to weigh any contributing factor--cowardice, ideological indoctrination, loyalty to the battalion, and reluctance to force the others to bear more than their share of what each viewed as an excruciating duty--interviewed hundreds of the killers, who simply could not explain how they had sunken into savagery under Hitler. A good book to read along...


Eyewitness Travel Guide: Poland
Teresa Czerniewicz-Umer
0789497360
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Includes: Warsaw, Mazovia and the Lublin Region, Cracow, Lesser Poland, Silesia, Gdansk, Pomerania, Warmia, Mazuria, and the Bialystock Region.


A Polish Son in the Motherland
Leonard Kniffel
1585444413
May 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Kniffel is the editor of American Libraries magazine, and his delightful, colorful, and poignant book is the result of a stay he enjoyed a few years ago in Poland, from where his grandparents emigrated just prior to the outbreak of World War I. Loaded, along with a computer and clothing, with all the stories he could remember hearing his grandmother tell, Kniffel established himself in temporary residence in the area in which she was born, his object being not only to absorb the old country that is his roots but also to establish contact with relatives who, chances were, were still living in the region. Kniffel bought a used car, found a place to live in busy businessman Adam's house, and, speaking passable Polish, did an amazing job of becoming, in a short time, part of the community. In an easy, comfortable, and...


God's Playground: A History of Poland, Volume I, The Origins to 1795
Norman Davies
0231128177
November 2004
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"The standard work on the subject in English.... [Davies] writes with commanding dexterity and a confident, at times almost swaggering, intelligence as he balances narrative and analysis." -- Atlantic Monthly

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The Struggle and the Triumph : An Autobiography
Lech Walesa
1559701498
November 13, 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this speechifying autobiography, Poland's president delivers a dramatic and self-dramatizing account of the rise of the Solidarity movement, his role in the labor strikes of 1988, his battle with the Polish Communist party and his election to the presidency. Interspersing transcripts, Walesa presents a witty, Kafkaesque replay of government wiretapping and judicial harassment of him through 1986, and vividly re-creates the news-making kidnap and murder of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko in 1984. He credits Solidarity's survival as due in large measure to the moral support of the Roman Catholic Church. In down-to-earth prose, the former electrician writes about his father's internment in a Nazi concentration camp, his own religious faith, and the joys of family life and of raising eight children. But in denying the...


Hitler's Police Battalions
Edward B. Westermann
0700613714
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
When the German Wehrmacht swarmed across Eastern Europe, an elite corps followed close at its heels. Along with the SS and Gestapo, the Ordnungspolizei, or Uniformed Police, played a central role in Nazi genocide that until now has been generally neglected by historians of the war. Beginning with the invasion of Poland, the Uniformed Police were charged with following the army to curb resistance, pacify the countryside, patrol Jewish ghettos, and generally maintain order in the conquered territories. Edward Westermann examines how this force emerged as a primary instrument of annihilation, responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of the Third Reich's political and racial enemies. In Hitler's Police Battalions he reveals how the institutional mindset of these "ordinary policemen" allowed them to commit...


The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
0393328627
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.

The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native...



Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began/Boxed [BOX SET]
Art Spiegelman
0679748407
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.

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Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.


Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
Filip Muller, Filip Muller
1566632714
September 1, 1999
Paperback
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Terrence Des Pres
A detailed description of life in Hell’s inmost circle...jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken at once.

Jewish Press Features
Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading.

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The Art of Parenting Twins
Patricia Maxwell Malmstrom
0345422678
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Over the past 20 years, the number of twin and multiple births has risen by 50 percent, yet information on caring for twins and multiples remains sparse. Most child-care books touch lightly on the subject of multiples--here's one that fills in the gaps. Authors Patricia Maxwell Malmstrom, founder of TWINLINE (providing services for parents of twins) and mother of twins, and Janet Poland, parenting writer, address the issues and concerns of parents of multiples with aplomb and reassurance. From the moment parents-to-be discover that they are having more than one child, they enter what the authors call "twinshock," a state of stunned disbelief soon followed by elation, despair, and many questions: "How will I tell my babies apart?" (Leave their hospital bracelets on, or paint one baby's toenails until there is no doubt in your...


Poland
Manufactured by Insight Guides
9812348220
December 2002
Paperback
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God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2
Norman Davies
0231128193
May 2005
Textbook Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"The standard work on the subject in English.... [Davies] writes with commanding dexterity and a confident, at times almost swaggering, intelligence as he balances narrative and analysis." -- Atlantic Monthly

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Maus II : A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus)
Art Spiegelman
0679729771
September 1, 1992
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Spiegelman's startling comic about the Holocaust, which revolves around his survivor father's experiences, won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Spiegelman's Maus, A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon, 1987) was a breakthrough, a comic book that gained widespread mainstream attention. The primary story of that book and of this sequel is the experience of Spiegelman's father, Vladek, a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II. This story is framed by Spiegelman's getting the story from Vladek, which is in turn framed by Spiegelman's working on the book after his father's death and suffering the attendant anxiety and guilt, the ambivalence over the success of the first volume, and the...


The Kingdom of Auschwitz
Otto Friedrich
0060976403
Sept 1994
Paperback
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--Paul Johnson
"Brings the reality of this evil place so directly, vividly, accurately, movingly and clearly to the mind of the reader."

Paul Johnson
"Brings the reality of this evil place so directly, vividly, accurately, movingly and clearly to the mind of the reader."

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Lonely Planet Poland
Neil Wilson
174059522X
May 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
These guides offer detailed coverage of both provincial and urban areas, especially Warsaw and, more importantly, Krak?w. The outdoor recreation for which Poland is deservedly well known gets its due. The Rough Guide has few maps and no photos, while Lonely Planet offers 90 maps and 24 pages of color.Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Stroll the white sand beaches of the Baltic coast, hike the trails of the spectacular Tatra Mountains and explore historic city centers from Karkow to Warsaw. Whether you're here for urban pleasures or in pursuit of nature, this inspiring guide will help you connect with Poland in all its guises. • GET AROUND with detailed maps and...


Asperger Syndrome and Your Child
Michael D. Powers
0060934883
Oct 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Powers, an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of the Center for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut, teams up with co-author Poland (The Sensitive Child) to offer a much-needed resource for parents and professionals looking to understand more about Asperger Syndrome. A neurological disorder characterized by difficulty with social interactions, communication issues, unusual patterns of behavior and interests as well as trouble integrating sensory information (children with AS often have acute senses of touch, taste and hearing), AS is part of the "autism spectrum" of disabilities. Part I of Powers's clearly written and reassuring text discusses the syndrome in general-what we know about it, what it feels like to have it-while Part II goes into greater detail about what parents...


Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Art Spiegelman
0394747232
August 12, 1986
Paperback
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Book Review
Some historical events simply beggar any attempt at description--the Holocaust is one of these. Therefore, as it recedes and the people able to bear witness die, it becomes more and more essential that novel, vigorous methods are used to describe the indescribable. Examined in these terms, Art Spiegelman's Maus is a tremendous achievement, from a historical perspective as well as an artistic one.

Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the...



Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
Jan T. Gross
0142002402
October 2002
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
"One day, in July 1941, half of the population of a small east European town murdered the other half--some 1,600 men, women and children." This short sentence summarizes the subject of Neighbors, historian Jan Gross's account of a massacre that occurred in Jedwabne, in northeastern Poland. Gross describes the atrocities of Jedwabne in almost unbearable detail. Men and women were hacked to death with knives, iron hooks, and axes. Small children were thrown with pitchforks onto a bonfire. A woman's decapitated head was kicked like a football. Historians before now have blamed the massacre on the Nazis--whose participation in and responsibility for these crimes has been exaggerated, Gross says. In fact, he argues, a virulent Polish anti-Semitism was liberated by German occupation. Instead of explaining the...


All But My Life
Gerda Weissman Klein
0809015803
March 1995
Paperback
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From AudioFile
The basis for the Emmy-winning documentary ONE SURVIVOR REMEMBERS, this is the memoir of a young Polish Jewess's enslavement by the Nazis and her ultimate liberation by American soldiers. Grace Conlin takes a detached approach, affecting the pretentious fatalism that lazy actors use to represent tragic dignity. Her heroine lacks the author's endearing, transcendent life force. Otherwise, both While this narrator possesses a pleasant, expressive voice compatible with Klein's straightforward grace, her narration doesn't do justice to all the resonances of the text. Perhaps, considering the subject, that is merciful. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times
"Soul-searching and human . . ....


The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III
Tim Carroll
1416505318
Aug 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The 1944 breakout of 76 Royal Air Force officers from a German POW camp, immortalized in the classic war movie The Great Escape, gets a vigorous retelling in this absorbing historical study. Journalist and television producer Carroll follows the exploits of the irrepressible airmen throughout the war, recounting their colorful backstories and their many escape attempts from several German camps. The climactic breakout from the supposedly escape-proof Stalag Luft III proves a logistical epic. The POWs had to engineer and build three huge tunnels, hide thousands of tons of excavated dirt, tailor civilian outfits and German army uniforms, forge identification documents and even manufacture compasses for the escapees, all under the noses of their guards. Carroll is even-handed in noting the usually gentlemanly...


Chopin: Pianist and Teacher : As Seen by his Pupils
Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger (Editor), et al
0521367093
December 1, 1988
Paperback
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Review
' ... truly a book about the way Chopin played the piano, and about the way he interpreted his own music ... Anyone interested in Chopin will be grateful to Eigeldinger.' Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books
' ... the book is really indispensable to the serious student of Chopin. Almost all those reading it will find their view of the composer made sharper and truer than before.' Nicholas Temperley, MLA Notes

Review
"...truly a book about the way Chopin played the piano, and about the way he interpreted his own music...Anyone interested in Chopin will be grateful to Eigeldinger..." Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books

"...really indispensable to the serious student of Chopin. Almost all those reading it will find their view of the composer made sharper and truer...



Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz
Joseph Czarnecki
0689120222


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From Publishers Weekly
Though the art itself is primitive and often difficult to decipher, the stories behind the sketches, inscriptions and doodles documented by Polish photojournalist Czarnecki on the walls of cells, latrines, washrooms and barracks at Auschwitz will move readers with the weight of their human suffering and courage. A few pictures need no commentary: a pigeon wistfully carries an envelope in its beak; an arrow pierces a timeless cupid's heart, carrying two names; a line from Dante's Inferno is elaborately scratched on a pitted surface. Sad stories wait in the wings, as for example, in the inscribed names of Edward Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, the only trace remaining of their concentration camp romance. As the text notes, the pair barely missed making their escape from Auschwitz, attempted suicide unsuccessfully and...


A Day of Pleasure : Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Roman Vishniac (Photographer)
0374416966
May 1, 1986
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is a collection of 19 episodes from Singer's boyhood life on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw. "Singer has written an extraordinary book that will give many days of pleasure to adults as well as children," PW stated. "These are sensitive, youthful and observant portraits of what Jewish life was like in Poland." Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"At a time when in children's literature the power of the imagination is frequently lost sight of or diluted, it is fortunate that we can honor a great storyteller. Mr. Singer has created out of remembered fragments of his own childhood a place instantly familiar where life is not neat and orderly, where the adventures of a boy throw into sharp and recognizable focus those resistant elements of the ever-troubled...

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