• Poland: A History
  • Poland: A History
  • Poland: A History
ISBN: 0781813018
EAN13: 9780781813013
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2012
Pages: 426
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.7" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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As Adam Zamoyski set out to update The Polish Way, his bestselling first history of Poland, he realized the task required not so much re-writing as re-thinking the known facts well as the assumptions of the past. The events of the last twenty years and the growth of the independent Polish state allowed him to look at Poland's past with a fresh eye. Tracing Poland's complex development from the Middle Ages to present day, Zamoyski examines the country's political, economic, and military struggles, as well as its culture, art, and richly varied society through the ages, bringing the major events and characters in Poland's history to life.

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4
   Great intro to the history of Poland
In a small space, Crams has a lot of history. An excellent introduction to the history of Poland. The only knock, very minor, is that at times it looks like a laundry list of names with very little info about the individuals. Plus, the author makes a concerted effort to include as many facets of Polish history as possible, namely the cultural and artistic contributors, not just monarchs, political leaders and generals. For someone looking for a broad overview of Polish history, this book would be a good choice.
 
4
   Well worth reading!
A great book on a subject that is too often overlooked in general reader histories. The best book on Polish history that I have ever read is still the best.
 
5
   So much of Polish history has been overlooked by the West. Great read!
I read more about my ancestors. The author presents the theme with a view that is different from what has been written in the past.
 
3
   Not for the casual history buff
Good points are researched in logical order, very deep in depth. Con written using a vocabulary that was over the top, use of Latin phrases without translation, lacking in the definition of many terms. The bottom line is not for the casual reader.
 
5
   excellent
It is hard to believe all the detail that the author has put in a book of this size. He did not write just about Poland, but included lots of information about neighboring countries and Europe in general that influenced the history of Poland.
 
5
   A thorough telling of a people's development and the values underlying it.
Zamoyski writes a history dating back to the earliest times and includes actual details underlying the development of this besieged people to modern times. I loved the analytical elements offered by the author that helps define the significance of the complex relationships that Poland has experienced in its history and has suffered through. Zamoyski is a readable, amusing author with a fine eye for detail. It is those devils that have shaped Poland's exemplary and painful course through the ages.
 
4
   Great primer on Polish history
I found the story of Poland both fascinating and compelling ''. The narrative is packed with details, but is delivered at a very readable pace. The book, by knowing very little of Poland's history, gave a greater understanding of its struggles over the centuries. I was absorbed from the beginning and found the book to be enjoyable at the end.
 
5
   Fun to read yet a really great book to learn about polish history
I found the book unbiased and as far as I can tell historically accurate. '' The style of Zamoyski is really good in a way that makes it easy to understand a lot of topics. As a grandson of Polish immigrants, I found this book great to reconnect with my roots. Nevertheless, it is more than just Polish history, as the writer provides a context of the surrounding world, making it an eye-opening experience.
 
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