The Magic Lantern

by Timothy Garton Ash | History |
ISBN: 0679740481 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCordelia-annewing of Someplace, Georgia USA on 11/21/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingCordelia-annewing from Someplace, Georgia USA on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
A family member leaving for the Pacific Rim left this book with me to pass along. I've decided to pass it along in BookCrossing.

"[Garton Ash's] own involvement in these events, intellectual and emotional, is of such intensity that he can speak...from the inside as well as from the outside. Yet the sense of historic never lost. And the quality of the writing places it clearly in the category of good literature." -- George Kennan

The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a historic moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland's first free parliamentary elections -- in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory -- or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics orchestrating the liberation of Czechoslovakia, Garton Ash writes with enormous sympathy and power.

In this book -- now with a new Afterword by the author -- Garton Ash creates a stunningly evocative portrait of the revolutions that swept Communism from Eastern Europe in 1989 and whose after-effects will resonate for years to come.

"Along with the historian's long view, Gatton Ash has an eye and an ear for the telling detail." -- Washington Past Book World

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"A wonderful combination of first-class reporting, brilliant political analysis and reflection."--The New York Times Book Review

Journal Entry 2 by wingCordelia-annewing at Someplace, Georgia USA on Monday, September 09, 2019
The fall of the Iron Curtain was one of the most amazing events that I've witnessed in my lifetime. It's sad that now so many seem to have forgotten it--or to have forgotten it's significance.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCordelia-annewing at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, Georgia USA on Monday, September 09, 2019

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