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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, 3 Jun. 2001
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".