Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, comprehensive summary of a complex history
Davies really hits the nail on the head as far as Polish history is concerned. His synopsis of the past of a troubled country, often blurred by interpretation and political overshadowing cuts through the fog and sits the reader right back into context. He takes us through the ages of Polish in his familiar yet subtle language of metonymistic jollity, dodges the traps of...
Published on 21 Dec 2000

versus
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ego
Unfortunately, this book reads as if the author's take on Poland's history is more important than actually relaying what happened. I frequently came across passages like 'the battle of A between B and C proved that people at the time were eating a lot of turnips'. No information regarding why there was a battle or even who won the battle, but just Davies' own...
Published 9 months ago by Anglo


Most Helpful First | Newest First

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, comprehensive summary of a complex history, 21 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Davies really hits the nail on the head as far as Polish history is concerned. His synopsis of the past of a troubled country, often blurred by interpretation and political overshadowing cuts through the fog and sits the reader right back into context. He takes us through the ages of Polish in his familiar yet subtle language of metonymistic jollity, dodges the traps of cynicism or patrotism so many writers have blundered into on the subject. Definitely to be recommended to any amateurs of Polish history text.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing shame about the type setting, 26 Mar 2008
By 
Mr. Robert Skrzynski (Tooting, London UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
A very good read; very informative, I have volumnes 1 & 2 the reason I have not given 5 stars is my volumnes have lousy type setting problems with the Polish letters ñóaeY¿ every method of not using them then the same word or name on the same page uses them. As you will note Amazon.co.uk can not cope with the extra letters of the polish alphabet either.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Jun 2001
By 
A very sober, wonderfully written book. What's more, it's a book written by a well-wisher who knows the country better than most of its inhabitants. An honest book, totally stripped of the Polish megalomania which accounts for the fact that the Poles today nurture an unrealistic and plainly untrue idea of their homeland, its past greatness, its costly uprisals, its consequence-ripe failures and its mediocre present. If you want to better understand the lands which for so many centuries have served as the divide between Europe's mental and cultural East and West - and their history, of course - then this is a book for you. Without the noisy pomp you'll almost inevitably find in the Polish history accounts of the type "always condemn the German Order", it's perfect if you look for the simple historical truth; if this truth exists at all, then certainly in Norman Davies' "God's Playground".
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Poland, 6 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: God's Playground : A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795: The Origins to 1795 v. 1 (Hardcover)
As a Brit living in Poland I consider this the definitive history anyone with the slightest connection to Poland should read, but you must buy both Volume 1 and volume 2 for the complete 1000 year story of a stoic and valiant people who country in the middle of Europe that has been overrun by Swedes, Mongols, Tartars, Russians, Austrians, Germans and more, and in fact disappeared for 150 years.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ego, 24 Oct 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Unfortunately, this book reads as if the author's take on Poland's history is more important than actually relaying what happened. I frequently came across passages like 'the battle of A between B and C proved that people at the time were eating a lot of turnips'. No information regarding why there was a battle or even who won the battle, but just Davies' own perspective of what is worth covering.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

God's Playground : A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795: The Origins to 1795 v. 1
Used & New from: 19.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews