Prague Winter

Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Book - 2012 | First edition
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From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062030313
Branch Call Number: 943.71033 AL154P 2012
Characteristics: x, 467 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Woodward, William 1951-


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Jun 27, 2019

A lot of history combined with a bit of memoir, since Albright was too young to remember much of what took place in and about Czechoslovakia in those tumultuous years. An insightful account of the birth, death, rebirth and second death of the Bohemian/Czech/Slovak democracy, the only true democracy to have arisen in central Europe until after the fall of the Soviet Union. Her account of the final days leading up to and following the communist coup of 1948 is particularly riveting. The book is especially relevant today for its historical lessons: How fragile inter-ethnic coalitions can be, how easily democratic societies can be destroyed by megalomaniacs and totalitarian movements; and especially the precious value of statesmanship, that quality so rarely found in today's so-called "leaders". Even though Albright, as to be expected, sees events from the perspective of both a native Czech and a prominent American, she is quite even-handed in her assessment of the virtues and failures of her Czech fellow-countrymen.

Dec 27, 2017

An enjoyable personal history of pre and post WWII Central Europe. This book made me deeply think about where Nationalism can lead to.

Librarian_Deb Jun 12, 2017

She never knew she was Jewish. It wasn't until she was about to become Secretary of State, that Madeleine Albright found out-from a reporter-that her family had Jewish origins. She was surprised, she had always felt like she knew who she was and where she had come from. This book is the result of her digging into her family's history and discovering the story of Czechoslovakia and how the events of World War II tore apart her family--and thousands of others. This is not much of a personal story, as a relating of the events that happened with some of Albright's commentary on the decisions that were made by the political leaders. Our book group found much to discuss as we also talked about the decisions that were made and the implications, and how they related to what's going in the world right now. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history.

May 12, 2017

This book was full of information and insight regarding WWII.

May 06, 2017

I don't know why I found this book at Dollar Tree, but I received more than what I paid for in context of Czechoslovakian history, religious and political conflict since before the world war, Austrian-Hungarian empire, and of course, about Madeleine Albright and her family. I felt I had a little but of everything.

Nov 01, 2015

this book sucks what do you mean

Jul 03, 2014

Autobiography of former secretary of state

Aug 14, 2012

Excellent and quite readable. Closest thing we'll ever get to an eyewitness history of the Czech people, from fabled times to post-WWII. Czechoslovakia was affected by each large nation. Therefore we can see the climate of the times through what happened to the middle-sized nations in between them.

Includes details of the lives and deaths of the author's Jewish relatives in German concentration camps. Also includes details of her father's work as an ambassador and radio broadcaster for the BBC during WWII. Interesting details regarding what Ms. Albright discovered in her position as U.S. Secretary of State.

I wonder if there will now be a followup volume entitled, "Prague Spring."


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