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Warsaw 1920: Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe by Adam Zamoyski
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point, 4 April 2008
Having recently reread Norman Davies' account of the Polish Soviet war I was pleased to see that this book had been released. It is not the book that Davies' is, and does not really offer anything new, and Zamoyski more or less concedes this point himself. He has set out to offer an accessible and readable account of this overlooked and important conflict, which still echoes through those countries today. This he has achieved. If the book feels unsatifyingly short, it is probably only to Eastern Europe bores such as myself. To people coming fresh to the subject and the region it a quick and informative read which i would recommend.

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Europe East And West by Norman Davies
Europe East And West by Norman Davies
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 20 Oct 2006
This book covers a number of topics which anyone familiar with the author's other writings will have encountered before. Foremost amongst these is his despair at the yawning gap in western awareness, historically and culturally, of east and central Europe, and the idea of British/English history as synonymous, and a separate development from the rest of the world. In attacking these mindsets the writing is, as ever, clear and in places more than a little amusing. The book seems at times a little self indulgent, particularly in the chapter given over to his alma mater, but when it is so well written, and by such a significant contributor to 'history', then I for one am prepared to forgive it.

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