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"An incisive historical reconstruction that is as spiritually uplifting as it is politically significant."—Zbigniew Brzezinski

"George Weigel's analysis of the 1989 revolution in Central and Eastern Europe offers evidence that it was the power of nonviolent force and citizens' conscience, not the guns and bombs of warfare, that ended Sovietism."—

"An extremely interesting, important contribution to the greatest mystery of the century: how Communism collapsed and 'who done it.'"—Jeane Kirkpatrick

"Argues the primacy of the spirit."—

"If a disconsolate KGB agent were looking for an explanation as to why Communism fell apart so fast, he would probably turn first to the Vatican and to the first Polish Pope. George Weigel has done some very useful sleuthing to help us figure out how something of a miracle was actually pulled off."—E.J. Dionne, Jr.

"The spiritual dimension had been largely overlooked in accounting for the Revolution of '89. No longer. Weigel's brilliant demonstration of the relationship between faith and revolution gives us a new window on the miracle of '1989.'"—Charles Krauthammer

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About the Author:George Weigel is President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC. A graduate of St. Mary's Seminary and University of Baltimore and the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, he is the author of editor of twelve books on religion and public life, and is in frequent demand as a lecturer, columnist, and media commentator on American politics, foreign policy, and Catholic affairs.

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The collapse of the communist regimes in central and eastern Europe and their replacement by democratic governments in Poland, Hungary, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and Czechoslovakia dramatically changed the face of the twentieth century. Read the first page
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A thorough, fascinating, scholarly book, easy to read. 29 Jan 1996
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This book tells the fascinating story of the role of the church, particularly the Roman Catholic church, in the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This subject has received precious little coverage in the popular press, but cannot be ignored by serious students of history. The author takes the position that it was neither Mikhail Gorbachev, nor Ronald Reagan alone that did it (brought down the Yalta imperial system), but the undeniable and inexorable faith of many Christians throughout Europe. The collapse of Communism had its roots in the early work of Pope Pius, Pope John XXIII, Paul VI and finally the Polish pastor/dramatist/linguist Karol Woytyla, who became Pope John Paul II. The close identification of Catholicism with the Polish history kept the national character alive and ultimately denied the power of tyranny in Poland and elsewhere. I recommend this book to anyone who is skeptical of the biases of the press
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excellent and eye-opening 29 April 2014
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Gorbechav and Reagan get all the credit for ending Communism in Eastern Europe. In this superb book, Weigel shows the conscientious resistance of Polish and Czechoslovakian Catholics against Soviet-backed Communism. The Church and in particular, St. John Paul II, does not get the credit they deserve. I highly recommend it.
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