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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: NEW EUROPE BOOKS (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985062304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985062309
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul." -- from the Foreword by Lech Walesa

""The Essential Guide to Being Polish "recounts the political and cultural history of Poland--and, if you will, of Polishness--with a reader-friendly, streamlined clarity that is leavened with wit and timely, amusing turns, but that for all its playfulness never loses sight of the essential complexity of its subject." --Stuart Dybek, award-winning author of "The Coast of Chicago" and "I Sailed with Magellan"

"Do you plan to visit Poland for the first time? Are you contemplating a return trip? Do you enjoy reading about other countries and their cultures? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above then you must read "The Essential Guide to Being Polish". . . . Once you start reading, you'll want to read it all." -- "Am-Pol Eagle"

"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul." -- from the Foreword by Lech Walesa

""The Essential Guide to Being Polish "recounts the political and cultural history of Poland--and, if you will, of Polishness--with a reader-friendly, streamlined clarity that is leavened with wit and timely, amusing turns, but that for all its playfulness never loses sight of the essential complexity of its subject." --Stuart Dybek, award-winning author of "The Coast of Chicago" and "I Sailed with Magellan"

"[A] carefully researched but reader-friendly peregrination through the story of Poland a thrilling if sometimes depressing ride you wouldn't believe if you read it in a novel. . . . I can say honestly . . . that"The Essential Guide to Being Polish"will not disappoint."" Krakow Post"
"Do you plan to visit Poland for the first time? Are you contemplating a return trip? Do you enjoy reading about other countries and their cultures?If you answered 'yes' to any of the above then you must read"The Essential Guide to Being Polish." . . . Once you start reading, you ll want to read it all." "Am-Pol Eagle"
"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul." from the Foreword by Lech Walesa
"The Essential Guide to Being Polish"recounts the political and cultural history of Poland and, if you will, of Polishness with a reader-friendly, streamlined clarity that is leavened with wit and timely, amusing turns, but that for all its playfulness never loses sight of the essential complexity of its subject. Stuart Dybek, award-winning author of"The Coast of Chicago"andI Sailed with Magellan
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About the Author

Anna Spysz, who is both the coauthor and the book's editor, is the former editor-in-chief of the Krakow Post (May 2008-December 2010), Poland's only English-language newspaper. A Polish-born American, she graduated in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and subsequently moved to Krakow, Poland, where she earned an MA in Central and Eastern European Studies from Jagiellonian University. She currently lives in Krakow (except for the winters), where in addition to working as a freelance writer and translator, she dabbles in photography, graphic design, and plays keyboards in a local band. Her website is www.annaspysz.com.Marta Turek, moved from Poland to the United States as child with her parents, settling first in Chicago and, later, in Seattle. In1993 she moved back to Poland, where she has been ever since. She has edited English-language texts and taught English as a second language for the past decade on both sides of the Atlantic. Her employers have ranged from ELS Language Centers in Seattle to schools, international companies, and universities in Poland. The holder of an MA in English linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna, she lives in Rokietnica, Poland."


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A very comprehensive book covering the many and varied aspects of 'Polishness'.
Historical events and the background of the country relating to why Poles think and act as they do are investigated.
Current changes since the fall of communism and particularly since Poland's entry to the EU and the wider implications thereof are dealt with in some detail; especially regarding Poles living abroad. The chapters on food and some customs provide great interest.
As someone who previously spent several years there I found it a fascinating report, and whilst I could not agree with all the views expressed the book is an excellent read and to be recommended.
The book however is written from an American perspective and is unclear if the authors have ever actually lived in Poland or are writing from a second or third generation stance.
Good value for money, particularly for those considering locating to Poland, but certainly not a tourist guide.
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I bought this book for my polish friend who girlfirnd is a foreigner for her to better understand polish culture cause it sometimes is hard to explain polish mentality. I think it is a great book! I highly recommend!
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My husband loves this books and I as a polish definitely recommend it to read. I didn't give full 5 stars as the book does not contain many pictures, however the content is very good.
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a good read, highly informative and good humoured with it.
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Highly recommended
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