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Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 Hardcover – 24 Apr 2012
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""Prague Winter" is not only a family story-a proud and moving one-but a brilliant and multilayered account of how Czechoslovakia was formed along the most idealistic lines in the aftermath of World War I. An altogether fascinating and inspiring read."--Michael Korda, "The Daily Beast"
A gripping account of World War II. . . . In taut prose, Albright weaves a powerful narrative that wraps her family s story into the larger political drama unfolding in Europe. --"The Philadelphia Inquirer""
In the crowded field of memoirs written by former secretaries of state, Madeleine Albright s books stand out. . . . Albright is a charming and entertaining storyteller. --"The New York Review of Books""
Albright has supplemented a deeply researched history of World War II-era Czechoslovakia with a moving family narrative. --"The Daily""
"Prague Winter" is not only a family story-a proud and moving one-but a brilliant and multilayered account of how Czechoslovakia was formed along the most idealistic lines in the aftermath of World War I. An altogether fascinating and inspiring read. --Michael Korda, "The Daily Beast""
Showing us villainy, heroism, and agonizing moral dilemmas, Albright s vivid storytelling and measured analysis bring this tragic era to life. --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"
A genuinely admirable book. Albright skillfully returns us to some of the darkest years of modern times. Spring eventually came to Prague, but in much of the world it is still winter. The love of democracy fills every one of these instructive and stirring pages. --Leon Wieseltier"
I was totally blown away by this book. It is a breathtaking combination of the historical and the personal. Albright confronts the brutal realities of the Holocaust and the conflicted moral choices it led to. An unforgettable tale of fascism and communism, courage and realism, families and heartache and love.--Walter Isaacson"
A remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II. Albright provides fresh insights into the events that shaped her career and challenges us to think deeply about the moral dilemmas that arise in our own lives. --Vaclav Havel"
A riveting tale of her family s experience in Europe during World War II [and] a well-wrought political history of the region, told with great authority. . . . More than a memoir, this is a book of facts and action. --"The Los Angeles Times"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright's life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of her native Czechoslovakia, the Battle of Britain, the attempted destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War.
Drawing on her memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly-available documents, Albright recounts a tale of these years that is by turns harrowing and inspiring. The book takes readers from the Bohemian capital's thousand-year-old castle to the bomb shelters of London, from the desolate prison ghetto of Terezin to the highest councils of European and American government.
At once a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history, Prague Winter serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past--as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product description
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The Czech-born Albright, as daughter of a prominent Czech diplomat/government official, was, from her earliest days, given an insider's view of history as it was being made in possibly the most tumultuous dozen years of modern history. Before she had turned twelve, she lived through the Nazi invasion/occupation of Czechoslovakia, a small, democratically-oriented, peace loving country, carved out of the fallen Austro-Hungarian Empire, and, unfortunately, landlocked, surrounded on all sides by potentially hostile nations, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Poland. Albright's father followed the Czech government in exile to the United Kingdom, where Albright and her family lived through the Battle of Britain, the almost total annihilation of European Jewry, and the European victory of the Allied Forces. On the family's return to Czechoslovakia, the communists invaded and occupied the small country. It found itself behind the Iron Curtain, its beloved leader Jan Masaryk murdered, probably by Stalinist thugs; thoroughly caught up in the Cold War. But, due to her father's gifts, Albright's family was able once more to escape bad times in Czechoslovakia, first to the U.K., then to the U.S. Albright has written this book drawing on her own memories, her parents' written accounts, interviews with their contemporaries, and newly available documents: there can be little doubt that she's done significant research, and she can deliver a tremendous amount of detail.
PRAGUE WINTER takes its readers from Prague, the beautiful, ancient capital of the country, to the desolate prison ghetto of Terezin. It was only decades later, in the mid-90's, that Albright discovered her family background was Jewish, and many of her relatives had died at Terezin, or, while being shipped out from there to other death camps. Albright also gives us quite a meaty slice of her Czech homeland's long and tangled history. And, of course, she was an eyewitness to many of the more significant events of World War II, and to the descent of the Iron Curtain that followed so quickly on the heels of peace.
The book tops out at over 400 pages of narrative, followed by many pages of notes, acknowledgements, index, etc. In fact, the author discusses, at great length, things that happened long ago and far way so far as many people may be concerned. So it may be more than many people will want to know on the subject, unless they have a specific interest in Mittel Europa, World War II, the Holocaust, Jewish history, Communist/Soviet history, diplomatic history. Because of my background and upbringing, I do have some of these specific interests, and so found much to absorb my interest. But I'm excited to be going to Prague, for my first visit, in a few months: it's a city I have long wanted to see, and I welcomed a lot of this information.
The book is highly readable. The story of the role of her father is very interesting and one that could have been more central to the book. Some of the anecdotal Czechoslovak history points, sadly, are not correct. Or at least, we don't think so. So much of the story of the war is being reargued, reclarified and re-researched, that it is not surprising that some of the details are not accurate by what we know today. I would recommend the book to those interested in Czechoslovakia during the war. It is true that if you want something more academic, there are other sources that go more in-depth.
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